Fruit growers upbeat about frost damage

Linda Gallagher

CENTRAL LAKE — After a light winter, with record low snowfall, spring came early to Antrim County, with warm temperatures, bright sunshine, and very little precipitation during most of March. 

Which, for most of us, was very welcome. But area fruit growers would have preferred that temperatures stayed on the cool side. 

The abnormally warm weather promoted early fruit development in cherry trees, with many trees in critical stages of bud development when temperatures returned to normal in April.

Instead of rising, the temperatures dropped, with night time temperatures dipping into the low 20s last week. 

It's a scenario that area fruit growers, like King Orchards and Cellar 1914/Shooks Farms in Central Lake, have seen many times before. 

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