I have two orchard locations, one in a valley and a nearby one on a hilltop. I'm mystified by a "dry skin" quality in the valley farm. I graded Liberty apples last night and the differences between the two sites were dramatic. Hilltop-smooth, satiny finish; dark color; long "red delicious" shape. Valley-shiny finish; bright color; spherical shape. Jonagolds and Idareds from the valley have an almost papery skin; much smoother/waxier from the hilltop. I've seen this in past years too... Any ideas as to what is going on?
Brian Caldwell Hemlock Grove Farm West Danby, NY
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