Iowa’s crops thrive despite drought


autumn is near, which means pumpkin fields, apple picking and leaf changing. Dean Colony with Colony, Pumpkin in North Liberty is looking forward to this time of year. So, you know, everyone’s excited for fall. You know, you’ve got your pumpkin lattes and everyone’s excited about the change of seasons. As summer draws to a close, it’s time to harvest. The drought has affected many crops in Iowa, but not all. In fact, we ended up with probably the best crop we’ve ever grown here at Wilson Orchard and Farm in Wilson, Iowa. This summer’s weather was the perfect recipe for a good apple. Heat during the day creates sugars and cool evenings create color and flavor. Not only are Iowa’s apples bursting with flavor this year, but the pumpkins have been boosted by the drought. In fact, two pumpkins prefer it a bit to a wet year. I mean obviously what year are they going to rot? It was perfect and you see the color on them is really strong. The size is really good. The yield is really good on pumpkin. We therefore expect a very good harvest of pumpkins. While not all crops will pay off much this fall, hobbyists can expect a high return on funds this season. It’s a good time to come, enjoy Iowa in the great outdoors, not just because of the covid, but because it’s the sunny time of year, it feels good to be outside. and there is, there is just a lot of things to do. Everyone is still excited for fall. Why not you ? It’s pumpkin season, right? Wilson’s and Colony will be celebrating fall throughout October Caroline Revi KCR GTV Nine News mm.

Some Iowa Crops Thrive Despite Drought

The drought has had a big impact on Iowa’s crops this year, but not all of the effects are negative. KCRG reports that Wilson’s Orchard & Farm in Iowa City said the weather this season has been great for apples. “That combination of hot days and cool nights is what we love as an apple grower, you yearn for those kinds of days where, you know, the heat during the day creates sugars, the cool at night creates color, “Wilson owner Paul Rasch said. Wilson has over 100 different types of apples to pick by the end of October.” In fact, we ended up with probably the best crop we’ve ever grown. here at Wilson, “said Rasch. The drought not only positively impacted apples this season, the pumpkins were able to thrive in the conditions as well.” Pumpkins actually prefer a bit over a wet year. I mean, obviously in a wet year they’re going to rot, ”said Dean Colony, the owner of Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty. ” It’s perfect. And you see the color on them is really strong. The size is really good. The yield is really good on pumpkins. So we expect a very good pumpkin crop, ”said Rasch. Rasch said the support from the community this season has been very encouraging. “People that come up to me and other people on the farm and say, you know, how does the drought affect, you know, are you seriously concerned and I think that’s really a sign of our time that people are starting to really reconnect with local food and wonder how this weather not only affects me and my commutes, but how does it affect local food production? Rasch said. Wilson and Colony will be celebrating fall activities throughout October.

The drought has had a big impact on Iowa’s crops this year, but not all of the effects are negative.

KCRG reports that Wilson’s Orchard & Farm in Iowa City said the weather this season has been great for apples.

“That combination of hot days and cool nights is what we love as an apple grower, you yearn for those kinds of days where, you know, the heat during the day creates sugars, the cool at night creates the color, ”Paul Rasch, the owner of Wilson, said.

Wilson’s has over 100 different types of apples to pick until the end of October.

“In fact, we got probably the best crop we’ve ever grown here at Wilson,” said Rasch.

The drought not only has a positive impact on apples this season, pumpkins have been able to thrive under these conditions as well.

“In fact, pumpkins somewhat prefer it over a wet year. I mean, obviously in a wet year they’re going to rot, ”said Dean Colony, owner of Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty.

“It was perfect. And you see the color on them is really strong. The size is really good. The yield is really good on pumpkins. So we expect a very good pumpkin crop, ”said Rasch.

Rasch said the support from the community this season has been very encouraging.

“People that come up to me and other people on the farm and say, you know, how does the drought affect, you know, are you seriously concerned and I think that’s really a sign of our time when people start to really reconnect with local food and saying, how does this weather not just affect me and my commute to work, but how does it affect local food production? Rasch said.

Wilson’s and Colony will be celebrating fall activities throughout October.


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