Good start to southern IL fruit crop

The southern Illinois fruit crop is off to a better start this year than last. 

Austin Flamm, owner of Flamm Orchards in Union County, tells Brownfield…

“Coming off of the ‘23 season where we did not have a very good peach crop at all, I think we had probably 10% or less of a crop.”  He says, “This year it’s already looking better than that.”

He says they have had to protect their strawberries from a few cold snaps.

“With our strawberry crop, we have the ability to put covers on them and irrigate over the top and form a layer of ice which provides insulation.”  He says, “It traps the radiant ground heat. We can raise the temperature on our strawberry beds and keep the blooms alive.”

Flamm says despite some frost damage this year…

“We still have a good crop,” he says, “and we feel like we’re finally at the point in the year that you can kind of take a sigh of relief.”

Flamm says many southern Illinois orchards have faced near crop failures two of the past four years due to weather damage.  

AUDIO: Austin Flamm – Flamm Orchards in Cobden, IL

Photo: Austin Flamm, Flamm Orchards

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