DIXMONT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Monday's rain made for a dreary Labor Day but the wet weather has been welcome by apple growers across Maine.
This year many apple farmers around the U.S. are expecting a better crop yield. In 2012 several in New England had to compete with rough frosts that stifled crops over the summer. This year nationwide apple crops are expected to improve by 13 percent over last year. That's according to the industry group U.S. Apple, which also says many states will see more than their average yields.
Here in Maine some apple growers are already having luck like Maine-Ly Apples in Dixmont.
"I mean there's things that happen..some orchards last year had frost during bloom...and that just kills the blooms," said John Olsen, who has been co-owner of the farm since it opened in 1983, "We're concerned with thunderstorms and hale...which will just pelt the apples all to pieces but we didn't have that this year...so things are doing well...things are really doing well."
Olsen says his crop usually has the same success each year. He credits that to getting help from the University of Maine's Cooperative Extension.
The farm will be celebrating its 30th anniversary on October 6, 2013.