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Larry and Gail Byers stand in front of a SweeTango variety of apple tree that bears a single apple. The trees are normally full of apples weighing down every branch.

Area apple farmers confront crop hardships

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WORTHINGTON -- From an early bloom to an April frost, May storms and summer drought, this year has been one to remember, or in some cases forget, for southwest Minnesota's apple orchards.


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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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