On Sept. 17, NPR aired a story on “All Things Considered” featuring the hit Michigan’s apple industry took this year. A mild winter followed by an April freeze reduced the harvest by 90 percent.
Amy Irish-Brown, senior Extension educator, contributed to the program, discussing the toll on apple orchards in the west Michigan region known as the Ridge. The 158 square miles of gently rolling slopes produces 65 percent of our state’s apple crop. This year’s harvest is only 10 to 15 percent of the usual crop. Amy helped the producers connect with producers and processors to help make the story compelling. And Phil Schwallier, Extension educator in AABI, and his wife, Judy, were interviewed from their perspective as the owners of a u-pick apple orchard.
Listen to the program, and read the NPR article here.