Grand Valley Fruit Growers Monitoring Cold Temperatures

Farmers in the east end of the Grand Valley are breathing a sigh of relief, as their crops survive yet another night of below freezing temperatures, Thursday. The winter–like weather so far this spring is prompting farmers to stand guard over their orchards.

The below freezing temperatures could damage the fruit trees already in bloom. Long time farmer Harry Talbott says his crew contemplated turning on the wind machines Wednesday night, but he says a constant breeze and showers late in the day helped keep temperatures above the critical stage.

Overall the peach trees in the east valley are 10-30% of bloom, a positive for growers because in the early stages. Buds can withstand considerably cooler temperatures and farmers will still have a good crop.

Farmers look forward to may 10th, the date when the threat of a damaging freeze is lifted.

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