Kansas Orchards Enjoying Bumper Crops

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas orchards are enjoying bumper crops this fall in the wake of last year's late spring freeze that nipped flower buds and gave trees a rest.

Extension agent Bob Neier says trees are using energy they didn't use last year to produce excess fruit this year, something called biennial bearing.

He advises apple fans to enjoy the plenitude this year because the outlook is not good for next year's crop. That is because the same natural process that's making the crops so bountiful this year will likely make for a paltry harvest next season.