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Too cool in Northern Michigan
for fruit production
Cherry farmers expect to lose half of crop
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18 Jun 08 - Michigan is the nation’s largest supplier of tart cherries, and they should be in full bloom about now. But, on many farms across northern Michigan, those fruit tress are quite bare.

While there are multiple reasons for the decline in crop production here are the two main reasons:

  • Too much moisture
  • Not enough heat

Besides the frost we saw a few weeks ago, we've also had cool temperatures during the blossom time when things are supposed to be pollinated and that will have an affect on  crops, said Stan Moore, director of the Antrim county MSU Extension office.

According to Moore, many farmers are reporting a loss of half to a third of their tart cherry crop.

 http://www.tv7-4.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=148812
Thanks to Tom Meyer for this link

 



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