Drought Could Force Local Produce Prices Up

July 13, 2012 Updated Jul 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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July 13, 2012 Updated Jul 13, 2012 at 6:59 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - "In the fall we'll see higher apple prices," Pat Green predicted. He is the produce buyer for Budwey's Supermarket on Kenmore Avenue.

"Right now the corn has started coming in and it's very nice, but local corn farmers are saying that it's necessary to do a lot of additional irrigation because we haven't had any rain to speak of for quite a while now," he said.

Tomatoes, apples and local peaches are also expected to increase in price this season.

"What they do have, the quality will be excellent," Green said regarding peaches. "They just won't have as much as they had last year."

The late-winter warm-up followed by the spring frost and now drought conditions is wreaking havoc on local farms, Green said.