Apple Crop Takes Another Hit From Spring Storm

Apple growers in western North Carolina have a new problem.

The Easter freeze killed this year's crop. High winds whipping through the region uprooted some apple trees and snapped others in half.

Eddie Lyda of Apple Haven Orchard says this is one of those years that growers would rather see pass by. He says he saw apple trees yesterday morning that were rolled up like tumbleweed.

And there's yet another concern.

Henderson County Agriculture Extension Agent Marvin Owings Junior says there's a concern for fire blight, a bacterial disease that affects apples and pears and other plants. Owings says it affects the leaves as well as the entire plant after damage has occurred. Wind damage also opens the leaves to that bacteria and can cause problems.

Growers are encouraged to spray for fire blight and growers also should be spraying for apple scab, a fungus that can affect an apple tree's leaves and fruit.