Cherry growers in Michigan prepare for freeze threat amid early bud break

Cherry growers in Michigan prepare for freeze threat amid early bud break

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As cherry trees bloom prematurely across Michigan, growers are taking precautions against potential crop loss due to freezing temperatures. As it was pointed out by the local outlet, Bridge Michigan, with the unseasonably warm weather prompting early budding, farmers are employing frost fans and brush fires to safeguard their crops.

Last year’s weather-related damages have spurred growers to invest significantly in frost fans to mitigate losses this season. The irregular winter weather, characterized by record-breaking highs in February followed by colder temperatures in March, has exacerbated concerns among fruit growers. 

While most of Michigan has met the necessary chilling hours for fruit trees to remain dormant, some areas, particularly in northern Michigan, are lagging behind. Underscoring the broader implications, it is noted that localized weather-related damage to fruit trees is an annual occurrence, with potential ramifications for grocery store costs influenced by factors like inflation and transportation expenses.

Source: Bridge Michigan

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