On the Cusp: Fruit Orchards Across Nation Dealing with Late Frost

Russ Steele

This is a summery from Tom Nelson’s Blog

Weather bruises fruit crop | Local | News | Chatham Daily News

CEDAR SPRINGS – Damage is still being assessed, but fruit farmers across Chatham-Kent report extensive losses from killer frost on April 29.

The damage is the worst since 1945, according to veteran orchard owner

Commercial cherry orchards decimated by bad weather – Bakersfield.com

Owners of local cherry tree orchards are assessing the damage after badly timed unusual weather decimated this year’s cherry crop.

Steve Murray, owner of Murray Family Farms off Highway 58 just east of Bakersfield, called the damage to this year’s crop “unprecedented.”

“We’ve never seen it this bad before,” said Murray

Frost took a bite out of central Pennsylvania’s fruit crops | PennLive.com

In the northwestern part of the state, The Erie Times-News reported some farmers lost 80 percent to 90 percent of their fruit crops.

Rich Erdle, member services director for the National Grape Cooperative, which owns Welch’s, told the paper that there is significant damage to grapes from Ohio to Pennsylvania and New York. Erdle said it might be the worst frost damage to grapes in 35 years, though final estimates aren’t in yet.

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Author: Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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