LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The arrival of fall means it's transition time in the Hatch area where chile farmers have begun harvesting red pods.
That's following a so-so green-chile harvest that was soured for some producers whose crops picked up disease following persistent rain.
According to the Las Cruces Sun-News (http://bit.ly/17jMs3E ), the harvest of green chile wound down for the most part around the end of September.
That harvest started strong in early August with near-perfect weather conditions. However, rain then covered the area for days.
Some growers also saw hail fall on their crops.
A Sept. 29 U.S. Department of Agriculture report that hasn't been updated because of the partial government shutdown said 82 percent of the crop was in "good" condition.
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