The Windsor Star has the details:
A catastrophic freeze has wiped out about 80 per cent of Ontario’s apple crop and has the province’s fruit industry looking at losses already estimated at more than $100 million.
The full story is HERE.
Gilroy said about 65 per cent of the 215 commercial apple growers in Ontario have crop insurance but the disaster has the board approaching the provincial and federal governments for help under an agri-recovery program.
Some growers across Ontario have also lost entire orchards of peaches, sour cherries, pears, plums and nectarines, said Phil Tregunno, chairman of the Ontario Tender Fruit Producers Marketing Board.
It depended on location. The board is estimating 20 to 30 per cent of that $48 million crop is done.
A shortening growing season is a grand minimum signature. This is only one year, we need a series of years with spring freezes to make a positive declaration. Stay Tuned. A killing frost in June will be a major indicator.