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Mild January is quite a change for North East fruit farmers

An unseasonably sunny, and mild January is allowing fruit farmers in North East, Pennsylvania, to get a lot of work done easier and faster than usual. At Burch Farms in North East, workers are now outside trimming the 60 acres of grape vineyards.

Owner Tim Burch: "It is so much easier. When it is cold and blustery you want to hop in the pickup truck and take a ten minute break and get warmed up. Your eyes water up and you can't see as good. It is just much, much easier to get farm work done when the weather is nice."

Now the mild weather has caused some apple buds to swell a bit. A long term warm spell could cause them to blossom, then a freeze  would mean crop damage. But Burch does not see that happening, with colder weather in the forecast.


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