Last week’s sunny days were followed by some cooler than normal nights. This has resulted in some blossom damage to the cherry trees in South Okanagan. Still, the damage may turn out to be not such a bad thing after all, as the industry moves forward this year with optimism after two particularly bad years.
B.C. Fruit Growers Association general manager Glen Lucas told infotel.ca: "It’s still a bit early to tell how much damage has been done by below freezing temperatures this week. However, it doesn’t look like it will be something growers can’t recover from."
“Trees coming out of dormancy are more susceptible to frost the further along they are. Some orchards are reporting up to 60 per cent damage, while others are saying they weren’t affected, or only marginally,” Lucas says. Lucas says the damage occurred in variable and isolated pockets, mostly between Oliver and Osoyoos.