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“Most of the peach crop too.” “This is the worst natural disaster to strike Michigan’s agricultural industry in more than 50 years,” said Governor Rick Snyder.

Michigan’s apple crop will be about 90 percent smaller than usual this year because of spring weather damage.

Apple trees bloomed early because of an extraordinary heat wave in March. Then came a series of frosts and freezes that killed most of the blossoms.

The Michigan Apple Committee said Thursday that growers, shippers and other industry insiders predict a crop size of about 3 million bushels. In a typical year, the state produces 20 million to 23 million bushels.

The committee says it’s the biggest apple crop loss since the 1940s.

“This spring, farmers used frost fans, orchard heaters and helicopters to battle the extreme weather conditions’ affect on the orchards. While the efforts may have saved some of the crop, we are hearing about significant loss from most areas of the state,” said Scott Lewis, chair of the Michigan Apple Committee and a New Era, Michigan apple grower.

“From the growers to the shippers, retailers, laborers and consumers, the effect of this year’s crop loss will be widespread,” said Diane Smith, interim executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “No one can put a full value on the loss at this point – it will have an impact on Michigan’s entire agriculture industry and beyond. ”

Annually, the apple industry contributes $700 – $900 million to the state’s economy.

Not good news for the apple and peach growers. Not so great for the consumer, either.

See entire article:
http://www.macombdaily.com/article/20120628/NEWS03/120629516/michigan-apple-crop-suffers-significant-losses

See also:
http://weather.yahoo.com/bad-weather-causes-90-percent-michigan-apple-loss-153125765–finance.html

Thanks to John Reno and John the 1st for these links

“Michigan has also lost most of the peach crop too,” says John.


And make sure you see Jack Bailey’s comment:

“We have about 2000 apple trees right next to the Great Smokey Mtn Nat’l Park in Sevierville, Tn and we lost our entire apple crop to this yrs freeze.” says Jack. “It is our 4th major loss, due to cold, in seven yrs….here comes a Little Ice Age….”the Landscheidt Minimum”….”

 

 

6 Responses to Double whammy causes 90 percent Michigan apple loss

  1. laurel says:

    be prepared to pay a lot more, but do it if you can to support the growers.
    in aus after the cyclone wiped out the banana crops(and we do NOT import due to disease risk) bananas went from around $4 a kilo up to $16 for quite a while.
    so you buy a few less and learn to appreciate much more what we Do have in the better times.
    Hard for the growers and workers though:-(

  2. Steven Rowlandson says:

    With the approach of an ice age and the fukushima disaster we should not be surprised by this decline
    in productivity in food production. Those that don’t improvise and adapt will be overcome by events and conditions beyond their control.

  3. Theo says:

    Slowly but surely the time will come where we will work basically for food only!!
    I think it’s said that currently the world with it’s 7000,000000 million people can only survive 30 days with food if there is any huge natural disaster. E.g say all the rice crops fail?

  4. Jack Bailey says:

    ….we have about 2000 apple trees right next to the Great Smokey Mtn Nat’l Park in Sevierville, Tn and we lost our entire apple crop to this yrs freeze….it is our 4th major loss, due to cold, in seven yrs….here comes a Little Ice Age….”the Landscheidt Minimum”….

  5. SteveSadlov says:

    False Springs are par for the course here out West but are more rare in the Upper Midwest. I always dread a False Spring and the inevitable Apr, May even June cold events that seem to follow.

  6. John the 1st says:

    Now there is talk about cereal crop losses.
    “We aren’t seeing widespread failure yet, but it sure is developing rapidly,” said Brian Fuchs, climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Centre.

    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/7bc2f826-c45f-11e1-a98c-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1za4nVrm1


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