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Crops were not affected by heavy rains at Bishops Orchards in Guilford

By on September 8, 2021 0

The super wet summer didn’t wash away the crops, in fact this year’s crops are the best they’ve seen in years, according to farm manager Brad Isnard.

GUILFORD, Connecticut – A break from the heat and humidity over the past week has a fall feel in the air – with the turn of the season comes apple cider, apple picking, apple picking your own fruits, corn mazes and more.

At Bishops Orchards in Guilford, the festivities have already started.

The super wet summer didn’t wash away the crops, in fact this year’s crops are the best they’ve seen in years, according to farm manager Brad Isnard.

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“From a crop point of view, we had some of our biggest harvests of the year this year because last year was so bad,” Isnard said.

Timing plays an important role in how the weather will influence crops.

For example: heavy rains in late summer do not cause the same problems as in early spring or summer. In late summer trees and bushes produce their crops, while in early spring / summer there is a lot of ground work to be done.

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The already saturated ground was not ideal for soaking up the more than 9 inches they saw with minor flooding occurring in some areas, but being spared the worst of the wind helped.

“The two big rains we had on the farm here, we had one that was a little over four inches and the most recent was around 5.5 with some minor flooding but the winds were not. terrible and that’s really what can cause a lot of damage, ”added Isnard.

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With a plentiful supply of do-it-yourself crops, which started earlier this month, they’ll be aiming for fall weather.

“We really rely on the fall season, so from a farm perspective it’s really essential to have a great weekend,” Isnard said.

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