Some apple farms flourish despite drought

Some apple orchards prosper even with drought conditions.

LEVANT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Despite the lack of rain this summer, apple orchards have not only been able to survive, but thrive.

No rain? No Problem, said Matthew Pellerin, the agricultural manager for Treworgy Family Orchard.

“We had a very dry, late summer so in early august we really noticed the trees needed water,” he said.

In order to make up for the lack of rain, Pellerin and his team decided to take measures into their own hands by buying several thousand dollars of irrigation equipment.

After dumping nearly 500 thousand gallons of water on the crops and completely draining two nearby ponds, Pellerin says the hard work was well worth it.

“We noticed that the apples are really sizing up well. We have a lot of average to medium to large apples this year. And lots of them. It’s probably our largest crops ever,” he said.

As for the two ponds, Pellerin is not worried.

“We’ve drained them low before, just never to the bottom before but usually during the winter we get a good recharge of water and they’ll fill back up,” he said.

Pellerin expects this will be one of the most successful seasons the farm has seen since he started working there when he just 16-years-old.

The apple-picking season has already begun and will continue until the end of October. 

Copyright 2016 WLBZ


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