Despite Freezing Temperatures, Orchards Survive

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

Palisade fruit growers say they're feeling pretty lucky after their crops managed to survive overnight temperatures that dipped well below freezing.

Bruce Talbott of Talbott Farms says he measured temperatures at cool as 21 degrees Friday morning in his orchards. Because winds were so strong, he was unable to turn wind fans on to keep his crop warm.

Taking a look at his crops Friday afternoon, Talbott says only about one in ten peach buds froze. And while his apricots and plums fared slightly worse, he says he feels like he dodged a major bullet.

"We were very concerned with the temperatures that we had," said Talbott. "We should have had extensive damage, but when we warmed up the buds and started cutting there was little dead buds. So we're still in great shape as far as having a full crop."

Talbott says as long as the winds die down, he plans on turning his fans on Friday night to combat the cold temperatures that are expected for the weekend.

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