Growing season extended for most fruits

Different story for vegetables

POSTED: 12:30 PM EST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 05:44 PM EDT Oct 22, 2013 
Growing season for fruits will extend

The dip in temperatures means the growing season is coming to a close for area farmers.

This past July's heavy rains are still playing a big role in many fruits ripening later in the year.

Farmers at Ikenberry Orchards in Botetourt County say the rains made fruits ripen a little later than normal, but that means they'll be able to pick apples two weeks later than normal.

Farmers say you can't fight the weather, you just have to adjust.

"I wouldn't say anything is common or uncommon. Last year was a completely rare year where we had a late frost and lots of people didn't have a crop. This year you've got the rain so next year it could be something else, you just have to go with the flow. It's mother nature," said Jennifer Ikenberry.

Many vegetable plants had a rough year because of the rain.

Farmers say since many vegetables grow on vines instead of trees they're more susceptible to weather.