APPLE HARVEST

Harold Wagner owns an apple orchard in Lakeshore, and says usually by Labour Day the apples are ready to pick, but this year they're about a week behind schedule. (The Associated Press)

An Essex County orchard owner says the wet and cool summer we've been having has delayed the apple harvest season.

Harold Wagner owns an apple orchard in Lakeshore, and says usually by Labour Day most of his apples would be ready to be picked, but this year they're running about a week behind schedule. 

"As far as quality they're pretty good, but the wet weather has brought a few challenges in just controlling apple scab and leaf diseases so that's been the big challenge this year," he said. 

Wagner said if the rain keeps up the way it has, it can affect the fruit. 

"When they're ripe and they get a lot of water they'll split at the top and basically that ruins them, or that really shortens their shelf life, so I'm hoping this will end here shortly," he said.

Wagner is hopeful he'll still get a good picking this year.