Monsoon Season Boosts End-of-Summer Crop
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo. - Farmers, especially peach producers, have experienced a difficult year last year's dry winter and summer. The drought compounded with this spring's frost, killing off most of their harvest.
However, officials say this year's active monsoon season has redeemed the end-of-summer harvest. Although farmers mostly rely on irrigation to grow their produce, rain tends to make the fruit and vegetables larger.
"When we are in the middle of harvest, a peach is predominantly water. And if there's no water stress on that tree, it will help us get a little extra size as we are actually picking things," explained Bruce Talbott with Talbott Farms.
The monsoon season started early this year, at the beginning of July. Last year's precipitation up to Labor Day measured 2.56 inches. This year the Grand Valley is already at 5.97 inches.