Orchards across northern Illinois are struggling, as crops wither in the seemingly endless heat... Pat Curran of Curran’s Orchard says orchard growers were hit with a double whammy this year, a freeze back in May and the severe drought all summer.
Curran says the rain last week didn't help much. Leaves are still curled under and trees are still stressed. Apples and pumpkins are smaller this year and the squash crop is ruined. But if we get 3 to 4 good rains between now and September, the apple crop should turn out fine.