Crop Conditions – Facts for Fancy Fruit

Crop Conditions

We have had a warm winter and early spring, except for the negative temperatures we experienced right before Christmas. Some fruit crops are already beginning development in Lafayette, Indiana. Apples remain dormant except for some of the Honey Crisp blocks showing Silver Tip and a few Crab Apple varieties showing Green Tip. Majority of the grapes remain dormant, with a few exceptions of early varieties showing bud swell. Plums, Peaches, Pears, Gooseberries, blackberries, and currants have begun development. Our field strawberries are actively developing new leaves. The field Strawberries leaves suffered from slight frost damage this spring. We uncovered them the second week of March but are not concerned about this damage. We have Strawberries in the high tunnels that started blooming two weeks ago.

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