Recent Rainfall Benefits Area Produce

Published 07/11 2014 04:13PM

Updated 07/11 2014 09:43PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Inside Schweizer Orchards in St. Joseph you can find mounds of sweet corn, green beans and peaches.

And outside, rows of fruit-bearing trees are ready to be picked.

"This year we haven't had that intense heat or that intense sun pressure so we've gone out there and had tremendous yields so far," said Cory Schweizer.

Schweizer says the recent rain has also contributed to the higher yields.

"We're not seeing the actual ripening earlier. What we're seeing is the size, quantity, and quality becoming a whole lot more just because the amount of product we're getting out has just been phenomenal," said Schweizer.

Customers, like Vicki Patterson, are taking notice.

"I think this year they've been particularly juicy," said Patterson. "And I know that I've had a couple so far so I'm really excited to see what they taste like this year. These are the first one's I've had from Schweizer Orchards this year so I expect they'll be really good."

Schweizer says the rain should benefit next year's yield due to increased soil moisture as long as they can avoid the bitter cold like they experienced last winter.

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