Above-average April temperatures could threaten Wisconsin fruit crops

In Wisconsin, April is off to the warmest start on record, which is causing some fruit trees to sprout earlier than usual.

Barthel Fruit Farm owner Jeff Knudsen: "What you see is actually a tight cluster, we are past green tip. The flowers are actually coming out of the tree. You can see them really tight together. You can see the bud come out." He added that the above-average temperatures have sped up the growth cycle on apple trees. With the flowers now exposed, he is concerned about freezing temperatures possibly returning. That could lead to losing the apple crops.

"If it gets down to 28 degrees, I'll probably lose 10% of the crop," Knudson said. "If we get down to 20 degrees, we could lose 90%."

Source: wisn.com


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