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Posted: Monday, 03 March 2014 4:40PM

Forecasting The Farming Season After Long-Hard Winter



With such a long-hard-winter dragging deeper and deeper into 2014, some local growers might ask how these arctic conditions will impact the upcoming farming season?

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Mark Longstroth with MSU Extension says there is some worry with cold-sensitive crops such as peaches, blueberries and wine grapes.

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Because of the extreme winter conditions, it's still unknown if overall crop numbers will be reduced. Longstroth says that all depends on weather conditions in the fall. If the cold won't impact yields, will it reduce the insect population?

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