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WSIU InFocus: Southern Illinois Peach Crop

Jun 28, 2018

Rendleman Orchards has been around almost as long as the State of Illinois. WSIU's Amelia Blakely talks with Wayne Sirles about the business and how the 2018 peach crop is looking so far.

While the current presidential administration has vocalized goals to deport all undocumented immigrants, some farmers are trying to bring more documented, migrants into the U.S. to work for them.

Rendleman Orchards
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

While most people are taking time off in the summer to relax and take vacations, local orchard farmers are keeping very busy.

Rendleman Orchard in Union County is in the middle of harvesting vegetables and peaches during their 143rd season.

Jennifer Fuller

Experts say the drought of 2012 will go down in the record books, as farmers watch their crops wither away due to lack of rain.  But the moisture shortage may actually be a GOOD thing for some local growers.

“We’ve had a lot of clear days where the plant was a lot more efficient with producing its own natural sugars through the whole photosynthesis process. And I think the apples have got a really good flavor to them, also.”