SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) – The first weekend of pick your own apples is a busy time around Rogers Orchards, a Southington farm known every fall for their big red apples. The agriculture industry is never easy and making this year a success has already proved to be challenge throughout the state and Rogers is no exception.
Peter Rogers is a farmer there who has been working the fields most of his life and he will tell you exceptionally dry weather can be harsh on apple trees.
“What I see initially is yields down a little bit just because the fruit size is down,” said Rogers.
It may be dry and dusty but at least at Rogers they’re finding a way to fight back. Their secret is drip irrigation, each tree gets just enough water to ensure the fruit will be fresh and plump.
“We’ve been irrigating seven days a week with a crew that carries a 500 gallon tank off a tractor and trying to hit spots that are severely dry and where fruit size is suffering,” said Rogers.
Its extra work nut Peter can take comfort in knowing he is not alone most of Connecticut is going through a period of being abnormally dry or drought.