ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It's what most New Mexicans have been waiting for all year long, the green chile crop has arrived.
With the drought and a good monsoon season, many are wondering if it has helped this years crop. Some growers and sellers who spoke with KRQE News 13 say yes and no.
The yes part of that answer is because they say the rains helped early on to make a better chile product and produce more on some of the plants versus plants which relied on using ground water.
However, now at the end of the growing season, too much rain is not a good thing because some of the last plants that are still producing chile will sit baking in the heat of the day and with pools of standing water around,
the plant can actually boil in the ground. Essentially that makes the chile worthless.
One of the growers from Hatch told KRQE News 13 that he has lost about 2 acres of chile because it boiled in the hot sun. That is something that takes a bite out of the crop and seller's pocketbooks.
Still, this year's crop is proving to be more profitable than ones in recent years, again thanks to the rains.
The peak time for buying chile will be over the next few weeks. Sellers like those at Chile Traditions say they usually see a peak buying time during Labor Day weekend.
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