Cold winter could prove fruitful for fruit trees

March 10, 2014 2:09:38 PM PDT
Fruit trees do better if they go dormant in the winter, farmers said, and that means the harsh cold the Midwest could lead to a bumper crop.

At Apple Holler in Racine, Wis., the cold winter has been good for the fruit trees. And the owner wouldn't mind delaying spring even longer.

"It's going to be a late bloom which is good because the average day of our last frost in this area is usually about Mother's Day. So if we Get pushed beyond a bloom beyond Mother's Day we're really into a safety zone there where the chances of us losing that bloom and that apple crop are greatly diminished," Dave Flannery, owner at Apple Holler, said.

The trees also benefitted from all the snow. Having a good snow cover before the deep freeze hits - helps protect the roots from damage.

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