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Posted: Monday, 28 April 2014 4:00PM

Southwest Michigan Fruit Crop In Decent Shape After Brutal Winter



Fruit crops in Southwest Michigan are coming along a little behind normal so far this spring, with Michigan State University Extenion fruit specialist Mark Longstroth expecting that to be the case after the brutal cold of the winter. He says some damage has been recorded in grapes and peaches, but everything else appears to have come through the winter in decent shape. As for this year's crop, the freeze of 2012 is still having an impact.

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Longstroth says progress is slightly behind normal.

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He adds fruit trees are likely going to avoid any freeze damage this spring, as they're most susptible to that in the first few weeks of May. The long-range forecast currently doesn't have any overnight lows below 32 degrees through May 7th. Grapes and peaches suffered some damage due to the cold weather, but Longstroth says it will be a while before the extent of injury in grapes is known. That's because the crop has the advantage of secondary clusters that can produce fruit a little later in the year. Apples, apricots, cherries, blueberries, plums and strawberries have come through the winter in good shape.

   

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