Nichole Hannahs

Fruit Crops In Danger Again

by Nichole Hannahs on April 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

Farmer’s markets in the area could sport empty shelves when it comes to produce this spring.

Due to the warm weather allowing fruit to develop early and the snaps of cold freezing temperatures one expert said we could see a lack of locally grown fruit.

"The more developed that fruit is the less of the cold temperature they can take and I think as a result of the last few freezes we probably won’t see any plums, probably won’t see any local peaches, pears, all those and it’s really really affected the apple crop too."

Huston said it’s still too early to say that they won’t see any apples because some grow later in the season and may be able to survive. However, wind machines that move the air and heat pots may not work this time.

"Those are good for not too low of temperatures and not for long extended periods of time. When we have two/three hours of below freezing there’s not a lot of technology out there," explained Huston. "You can’t fight mother nature."

Huston said farmer’s will be able to get disaster payments if they have insurance to cover some of the loses, but he adds farmer’s rather have the crop.