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Weather blamed for bad Connecticut apple season

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Smaller apples in this year's crop are being blamed on the weather. (WFSB photo) Smaller apples in this year's crop are being blamed on the weather. (WFSB photo)
GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A diminished apple crop in Connecticut is being blamed on this year's weather.

Growers, however, said they're coping. They also said there's still a variety of "pick-your-own" apples that can still be found.

Some customers said they've been finding very small apples.

"Last year we had so many apples, we didn’t know what to do [with them]," said Doug Bussa, Bussa's farm in Glastonbury.

That's far from the case for Bussa's family farm. Empire, McIntosh and even some macouns have come up tiny.

"Certain varieties are down, probably 50 percent," he said.

For the first time in the hundred years of Bussa's farm, an irrigation system was put in place.

Most years, he said a stream aids his fruit crops. This year, it went dry.

"There would be 2 inches of water there," Bussa said.

Four miles away, the Berutti's Harvest House said it also had a batch of smaller-than-normal apples. The same went for Gotta's Farm in Portland.

A spokesman with the Department of Agriculture told Eyewitness News that in addition to the drought, a frost in April was also a big contributor to the dearth in apples.

However, he said it varies.

New seasonal data showed Hartford's rainfall being down nearly 7 inches compared to average seasons. In Bridgeport, it was only down 3 inches.

For a lot of apple growers in the state, the crop is already a wash. Many of them have lost other fruit crops as well because of the weather.

However, some said there are others with late-blooming crops that look pretty good.

To see how the apples are at the closest orchard, check the CT Apple Marketing Board's website, ctapples.org. Users can also download the Connecticut Apples smartphone app in the iPhone and Google Play Android stores.

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