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Apples Suffer, Pumpkins Ok

It's peak apple-picking season in Michigan, but many orchards aren't letting people pick their own due to the slim selection.

The extreme spring has wiped out an estimated 90 percent of the state's apple crop.

The "No Fruit, Closed" sign says it all outside of Clearview Orchards in Haslett.

Owner Philip Korson says it's the first time in 22 years he has to tell customers they can't pick their own apples, because there's literally nothing to pick.

"It's hard to explain to most folks, because at the end of the day, there are still cars driving in and out of the yard all day, realizing that the apple crop is short, but not realizing that we're actually closed."

However, not all crops this fall are hands-off.

Michael Beck, president of Uncle John's Cider Mill in St. Johns says his apple crop was devastating, but his pumpkin crop is thriving.

"We have big ones, we have little ones, there seems to be plenty there," said Beck.

He planted his pumpkins the week after Memorial Day and now his pumpkin patch is open for the pumpkin picking season. He credits his farm equipment for helping him get through the summer drought.

"Pumpkins were a huge success," he said. We got them in at the right time. We had an irrigation system that watered them just right."@

Other pumpkin growers in the area say their pumpkin patch also looks good. @

Sunday Todosciuk, owner of Andy T's Farms says, "You don't have to worry because there's going to be plenty of pumpkins to pick."

But Todosciuk admits, not every grower is so lucky.

"If you don't have a properly irrigated pumpkin patch, you'll definitely lose size on your pumpkins," said Beck.

Meanwhile, back at Clearview Orchards, Korson tells six news, "Because we didn't have any apples, we decided not to grow any pumpkins either."

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