April freeze – Facts for Fancy Fruit

April freeze

Snow and cold overnight lows blanketed the state on Tuesday and Wednesday nights last week (April 20-21). Many parts of the state received temperatures of 26-29 F, which caused some damage to open flowers. More northern areas of the state were not very far along in terms of crop development (early pink in apples, early bloom in peaches) so the damage was limited. The snow cover probably reduced the amount of damage. At the Purdue Meigs farm, we hit a low of 21.9F and damage to apples is extensive. See photos taken April 22. Thankfully, most areas of the state were not hit this hard. Where damage has been found, growers with crop insurance should not delay in reporting the damage so that inspectors can verify any losses.


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