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Apple, pear orchards not fazed by cold weather

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By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath

( – The cold Spring and heavy snow is not only unpleasant to be outside in, it’s also having an effect on regional apple and peach orchards.

According to farmers, the danger for the crops this time of year isn’t the snow so much as the unseasonably cold temperatures.

However, this March, it did not get cold enough to do any harm to the peach and apple trees.

According to JerryHearn, Farm Manager at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville the buds on the trees have not started to bloom.

If the blooms were open, they would be susceptible to the cold. Since they’re still really tight, they remain hearty and protected.

Hearn also says if there’s going to be preciptation, it’s nice to get it in the form of snow.

“It will actually help us out at this point,” he said. “We’re still pretty dormant with the treees. Last night was 31; trees can actually handle down to 10 to 15 degrees. With the drought it’s actually nice to get slower release or moisture into the ground instead of it all running off.”

He also says timing is everything. At this time last year, the peach trees were already in full bloom for two weeks.

Usually, they bloom around the first of April. 

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