A Sleepless Weekend
Three straight nights of worry. A hard frost/freeze was predicted overnight for this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday…all of which means growers have had three sleepless nights, up turning on overhead irrigation to protect strawberries and wind machines to protect apples and hoping…
The calls have been coming in from all quarters this morning – 24 in low spots in Hollis, 27 for Londonderry, 26 in the Upper Valley, and oddly a balmy 34 in Conway. There is some damage…but there is also a lot of bud survival. The next ten days (or should I say nights) look much less ominous. It appears we dodged a major crop loss this past weekend.
I ventured outside at 5:30 or so this morning to sense the cold…the thermometer was reading just 32 but already rising. It was quiet as the sun worked its way up – well, quiet except for the drone of bumble bees seemingly unaffected by the cool morning and eager to work.
Bill Lord, April 30, 2012
Posted: April 30th, 2012 under Fruit Growers Journal.