Frost, then drought cost local farmers

By Max King
Holt Journal staff writer

HOLT — With poor weather this spring and summer, the Holt Farmer’s Market has seen tough times this fall as sellers struggle. The warm spring and dry summer has resulted in high amounts of crop loss, especially fruits. “We had no apple trees this year,” said Russell Rowe, a farmer from Mason who has been coming to the farmer’s market in Holt for 40 years. Rowe said he has 50 apple trees and none produced any good apples. Ideal conditions for apples are a warm day and a cool night, according to Rowe, but this year was too dry and hot.