How is this dry heat affecting YOUR local veggies? Farmers talk fall crops

Tucker Farms & Jackson’s Orchard

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Pumpkin carving, apple cider, even corn mazes… whatever your fun fall plans are, they’re contingent on two things – your local farmers, and Mother Nature.

Over at Bowling Green’s Tucker Farms, this summer’s mini drought stirred some worry.

Owner Tom Tucker said, “Due to the lack of rainfall that we’ve had throughout the year, typically [we’ve seen] more bushels per acre in years past versus this year.”

Thankfully though, Tucker says the prognosis for this fall’s harvest yield is a positive one.

Tucker says the outlook for this fall’s harvest yield is a positive one. He says dry humidity like this is perfect for harvesting beans.

“That bean crop that we have now needs dry weather to dry up in order for it to be ready to harvest before the rainy winter gets here,” Tucker explained.

A stone’s throw away at Jackson’s orchard, they’re optimistic about the fall harvest as well.

“This fall weather looks promising so far,” said farm owner Bill Jackson.

However, Jackson says he and his apples aren’t enjoying the dry heat as much as Tucker.

“Apples are [best harvested in] a cool climate,” Jackson explained. “So, we can get, but we don’t have the ideal climate when we have 90 degree weather.”

Thanks to this fall’s rain, the pumpkins and apples are good to go.

“We had a little shower this morning so it seems like we’re in pretty good shape for the fall,” remarked Jackson.

So, heading deeper into fall time, it’s nice to see our crop harvest has two green thumbs of approval.