We all knew it was going to happen. All that early heat moved the plants into mid-May mode when it was only April. For lots of people this was a welcome, warm spring season.
For the people where I live, it's a recipe for disaster.
Many of the cherries are in full bloom.
Although there aren't many pear orchards, they are also in full bloom.
In the woods, the serviceberry is blooming
So, we've had 3 nights of frost this week (see the frost on the car), and most of next week has that potential. According to the farmers, sweet cherry blossoms are fatally damaged at 25 degrees, and apples and sour cherries at 24 degrees. We got below that last night. Serviceberries are wild. I have no idea what temperatures they can survive.
Last night, the county dipped down to 20, possibly even lower in a few areas. According to the paper at least half of the local cherry crop is lost. Of course, these are the caveats of farming, the weather can devastate a year's worth of hard work.
It's really tough on the economy. Many farmers live from crop to crop. And people will just gripe at the grocery stores because products are either unavailable or expensive.
As for the wild fruits- the loss of those is hard on wildlife. Serviceberry is a favorite food of many birds. Today, I found wild blueberries already in bloom. Lots of wild animals need the blueberries.
My few fruit trees seem to be all right so far. Of course, they are of personal concern, but I don't depend on the fruit for my livelihood.
Me? I'd rather have spring come slower and later, and have more fruit survive.
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