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Producers still feeling effects from drought

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Fall is surely in the air this weekend. Local producers were out in full force at the East Bank Fall Harvest Festival Saturday.

Even though we are moving further from the drought, producers are still feeling the effects of last year.

Many producers said if it wasn't for irrigation, they wouldn't have any crop this year because of the drought.

It's not only the drought that has some producers on the edge of their seats.

For Linda Krsnak, selling her produce means taking a gamble. Although she hasn't seen any significant effects from the drought because of irrigation, it's the temperature and amount of sunlight rather that has affected her crop production this past year

"Oh man, this year has been up and down and up and down. Primarily down and then up and now it's kind of on the down side of things again," said Krsnak.

The roller coaster weather primarily affected Krsnak's warm season crops -- sweet corn tomatoes and zucchinis.

"It's very frustrating and there's nothing you can do about it. You just learn to roll with the flow and go with what happens," said Krsnak.

Year-round weather also plays a key role over at the Country Apple Orchard near Harrisburg. With late frosts, there haven't been as many apples the past few years.

"They enjoy picking apples so much that it's disappointing to them when we don't have as many apples on the trees," said Kristin Olson, Country Apple Orchard.

However this year was a different story for the apple orchard.

"I would say compared to what we've had in the last few years, we had a really good crop this year. All of our apple trees produced this year so we were able to give everybody the varieties that they like," said Olson.


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