Early Spring Weather Adds Extra Month of Frost Concern for Growers
Warm temperatures, green grass, and budding cherry trees are all surprising to see at the start of April. This early spring warm-up is one of the earliest many cherry growers have seen. And now they're hoping the temperatures are here to stay. Growers in Leelanau County say any frost from here on out will likely cause damage to their cherry crop. Many cherry orchards all over northern Michigan are already showing green tips. Normally growers don't see green until the start of May. The early season nearly doubles the window for potential frost damage. “You just ride with it,” says Mark Drake with Cherry Bay Orchards. “You never know what the weather is going to throw at you.” The Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Station in Suttons Bay has already received reports of damaged cherries. 9&10's Ryan Raiche and Photojournalist Jeremy Erickson have the story.