Too early to fully assess impact of ice storm on apple trees

Kirk Starratt
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Beth Pattillo of Noggins Corner Farm said it's too early to fully assess what significant damage, if any, was caused to their apple trees by a recent ice storm.

Apple producers in Kings County are keeping their fingers crossed and hoping for the best following a recent storm that still has trees encased in ice.

Beth Pattillo, food safety and agritourism manager at Noggins Corner Farm in Greenwich, said their orchards were still ice-covered on Dec. 27 and it’s too soon to say whether or not there would be any significant damage. However, the overall condition of the trees is looking positive.

“We’ve walked the perimeter of some of our orchards but the ice is still on the trees,” she said. “We haven’t seen any limbs broken.”

Pattillo said hopefully there wouldn’t be much wind before there is a chance for the ice to melt. Luckily, apple trees are dormant this time of year. If a storm like the one on Dec. 22 is going to happen, now is the best time in terms of minimizing tree damage.

Organizations: Apple, Noggins Corner Farm

Geographic location: Kings, Greenwich

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