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Farmers More Confident In Crops This Year

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ST JOHNS, Mich. (WLNS) - After last year's early bloom and hard frost killed many fruit growers dreams, crops are thriving in this Michigan weather.

Mike Beck, president of Uncle John's Cider Mill, says he couldn't be happier. "Right now, with a dense, heavy bloom like this, the cherry crop looks very promising," he said.

 

 

Due to extremely warm temperatures and a hard frost soon after, Beck says he lost all his fruit crops. "We didn't harvest any crop. There was several freeze events that happened during blossom time and it froze out the blossom."

Now that his cherry trees are in their most vulnerable stage of development, Beck will keep a close eye on the weather forecast this week. "They can handle 32 degrees for a little while, but not much longer."

Meanwhile, corn growers are just getting the season started. Andy T's farms spent the day planting his first batch of sweet corn, 25,000 seeds to the acre.

Although the season is young for both fruit and sweet corn, growers have high hopes Mother Nature won't be as extreme this year.

"Gut feeling? I feel that this will be a lot better in a way. We did have a nice winter. We got a lot of moisture in the ground. That's good," said Andy Todosciuk.

But if a frost comes this weekend, fruit growers are as prepared as they can be. "We can bring some wind machines out here to protect our trees from frost."

If the weather cooperates and all goes as planned, cherry trees should be ready to be harvested by July and apple trees by September.

Growers say those who really need to keep an eye on the frost are those who are prepping their gardens at-home. They suggest waiting another week before planting those peppers, tomatoes or other vegetables.

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