Freezing Fruits

Weather can effect many things any where in the world and the special thing about it is that we can’t control it. This year the unusual weather in the midwest is affecting the farmers and crop growers in Michigan and all around the midwest. Since there was a stretch of unusually of warm weather during mid-march all the fruits where starting to bloom. The weather during this period was compared to the weather we usually see around late July. It would only take a night of weather that is in the low 20’s to ruin these crops. Mark Longstroth of Michigan State University said that “half an hour at 28 degrees around bloom time would cause damage and half an hour at 25 degrees could take 90 percent of the crop.
For the apple farmers a warm winter brought on these apples a lot earlier than expected. The apples started growing 5 weeks earlier than expected. The apples where at greater risk to getting exposed to colder weather because it was known that the warm weather would not keep up. The unusual weather will hit the Michigan growers hard in the pocket.
Another group of people that are greatly affected by this weather in Michigan and the midwest are the cherry farmers. Michigan is the nation’s top producer of cherries so the state will in turn be effected. The growers will not know how bad the crop will be damaged for several more weeks but every time that the weather hits in the 20’s it will take a toll on the cherries.
Other fruits like apricots grapes and peaches can also be affected by this unusual weather. In this case no matter how hard the farmers tried to prevent their fruits from blossoming, the weather as not going to change. There was no way of the growers saving all their fruits, the only thing they can do now is try to lessen the blow and salvage the small amount of crop that may be undamaged.

Mateen Malekadeli

Sources:
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-04/
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/Early-tree-blooms-could-imperil-Midwest-fruit-season
http://www.thepacker.com/fruit-vegetable-news/Cold-threatens-Michigan-apples

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One response

  1. Mike McClafferty | Reply

    I agree with you that this unusual weather can hit the farmers hard in the pocket. If they lose, say, 20% of their crop yield in one year. Prices must be increased up to make up for the lost fruit. This could eventually affect our economy by increasing food prices and causing inflation. There really is no way of preventing the cold weather, but farmers can do the best they can to predict the best times to grow.

    -Mike McClafferty

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