Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Illinois Fruit Crops Prosper

All the rain and cool spring hasn't been good for corn and soybeans, but Illinois fruit farmers are on track to have a good crop this year:

“There’s a lot of flowers on everything this year, like sweet-gum and maples, and this fall when the acorns fall, it’s going to be a heavy seed year,” said David Robson, University of Illinois Extension educator in horticulture.

Some Illinois wineries, especially in southern Illinois, had to buy out-of-state grapes last year to keep up production after the April 2007 freeze, described by some growers as the worst in 50 years.

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