Other types of tree fruit crops, including cherries, peaches, pears and plums similarly impacted.
After severe frost several weeks ago, apple and other tree fruit growers across a large chunk of eastern North America were predicting that their crops could be all but wiped out.
Unfortunately, it looks as if they were correct.
It’s estimated 80% of the apple crop has been lost, said Kelly Ciceran, general manager of the Ontario Apple Growers, an organization representing about 215 of the province’s apple orchards.
Peter Geerts, who owns Birnam Orchards near Arkona and sits on the board of the Ontario Apple Growers, said the damage is Ontario-wide and even into Michigan and New York.
“Normally, when you get a frost like that it’s fairly localized,” he said. “But the whole Great Lakes basin has been hurt.”
In his 25 years of growing apples, Geerts said, “I’ve never seen it like this.”
(What have I been saying about fighting in the streets for food long before we’re covered by ice?)
Thanks to Marc Morano for this link