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Running the Guantlet

Fruit growers have been racing down a fine line lately.  Fruit trees are early this year with blossom as much as 2 weeks ahead of normal in most orchards.  Apple flowers are not very hardy at bloom.  Temperatures below 29oF spell trouble.
Frosts and near frosts the past several mornings have left many growers tired and [...]

Spring?

The blare of yellow forsythia flowers muted by a thin coat of wet snow, bright green blades of grass poking up through a white blanket – you can never describe a New Hampshire spring as boring!

Snow covers peaches in bloom in a NH orchard. Photo: W. Lord.

What does this yo-yo weather mean for fruit [...]