Weather is a factor in evaluating the harvest of two Minnesota crops.
WCCO reports that the hot-and-sticky stretch August, combined with a late start due to the chilly spring, has pushed the apple crop at some orchards behind schedule. Charlie Johnson of Whistling Well Farms near Hastings told the station that his harvest should be two weeks later than what is typical.
He said people who visit orchards to pick apples may have to spend more time finding ripe fruit.
Meanwhile, MPR reports that it's a much better year for the state's wild rice crop than it was a year ago. The harvest, in full swing in central and northern Minnesota, is described as average to good. Last year, rain in the northeast part of the state adversely effected the crop when fast-moving water damaged the fragile wild rice plants.