How Much Damage Did This Week’s Hard Freeze Cause To West Michigan Apples?
This week's hard freeze had West Michigan farmers and gardeners on edge.
How much damage did it cause to West Michigan apples?
Last year, West Michigan farmers faced devastating damages to crops from freezing temperatures.
This week's freeze caused some damage, but nothing like we saw last year.
So far, the damage does not appear to be too severe for most.
WZZM inspected some apples trees with Sparta farmer Phil Schwallier:
"These flowers are dead," says Schwallier. He does not have the voice of someone who is very upset. "There are about 3,000 buds killed on this tree." That sounds like bad news, but... "I still have 2,000 left and only need 300 to survive."
In other words, the tree is in pretty good shape.
Some damage done, but still expecting a good apple crop this year. Good news for farmers.