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Apple growers welcome snow


LA CRESCENT, Minnesota (WXOW)—While some may be tired of all the snow, it's a welcome site for apple growers, especially after last year.

The unusually warm weather last March caused an early bloom and smaller crop. For many orchards, all the snow this season is helping to add moisture to the trees, and keep the season on schedule.

"We had so much foliage showing by the beginning of April that when temperatures returned to normal, growers really took it under the chin," said Ralph Yates, the manager of Fruit Acres Inc. "Now this year, we're having what we'd consider a normal winter for Minnesota and Wisconsin and the best thing is we're picking up a lot of snow, moisture and moisture is always good."

Yates says the weather not only determines the quantity of the crop, it determines the quality of the fruit.

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