Stories tagged with: O's Fruit Farm

June 22, 2012 - 6:46pm
2 years 8 weeks ago

There's a healthy buzz in Muskingum County, which is good news for fruit farmers.

Orlen Bates with O's Fruit Farm said honeybees from his six hives help pollinate his plants.  He said the importance of bees to our food source is often overlooked.

"Just about every vegetable and fruit that we eat as human beings, we rely on pollination," said Bates.  "Honeybees are one of the main factors.  There are other pollinators, but honeybees have done the job...

June 15, 2012 - 10:49am
2 years 9 weeks ago

Fruit farmers should be waiting to pick their crop this season but they're now watching it dry up.

We've followed part time farmer Orlen Bate's crop through the season. There was early blooms from an unusually warm winter, a frost that initially hurt the crop and now the fruit that's left is undersized and drying on the branches.

"If I was depending on fruit being my livelihood this year it wouldn't happen," said Bates. "It's just a total loss from beginning to end...

April 11, 2012 - 3:58pm
2 years 18 weeks ago

The drop in temperatures brought on the worst for a local fruit farmer...

Just last month, Orlen Bates of O's Fruit Farm was sure his crops would be fine this year, even after blooming earlier than usual. After a week of cooler temperatures, they couldn't survive the drastic change.

"We've had consistent nights of 30 degrees and frost, a combination...And I think the combination of all that caused the apricots, peach and plums to all drop, so I don't have a crop this year...

March 28, 2012 - 4:59pm
2 years 20 weeks ago

An area fruit farmer feared losing his crops when a freeze warning was issued on Monday night...

WHIZ checked in with Orlen Bates of O's Fruit Farm to see if his crops survived the sudden drop in temperature. Bates said he was surprised at what he found on Tuesday morning after dropping to 25 degrees on Monday night.

"We were there for over 4 hours so I felt I had lost everything, for it to freeze that long and that hard. But I came out 24 hours later, the blossoms are still...

March 26, 2012 - 3:01pm
2 years 21 weeks ago

A local farmer isn't too happy with the mild winter and record breaking spring temperatures we've had...

Orlen Bates of O's Fruit Farm started his farm in late 2008. He said Monday night's freeze warning and a sudden drop in temperatures could put his young crops in danger.

"My peach trees have already bloomed. My apricots have bloomed and already got the fruit set on it so they're done blooming for the season when they really shouldn't have even started," said Bates....

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