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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