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Badge of Courage?

Well, we are starting to get an idea of just how much damage the early heat and subsequent cold has done to the apple crop.  Oh, there is a crop, but it is thinner than we like.  Good sites, those with great elevation relative to the surrounding area, did well.  Cold air is heavier than warm air and like water tends to flow down hill to lower terrain.

Some apples will be bearing striking reminders of this past spring come fall (see photo).  Russet rings and blazes are already quite visible and will only become larger as fruit grow.  Affected fruits will likely be somewhat misshapen come fall…but they will still taste great!

A russet scar, the product of a post-bloom frost, will remind us of a spring that was come harvest this fall.  Photo: W. Lord
A russet scar, the product of a post-bloom frost, will remind us what a spring it was come harvest this fall. Photo: W. Lord

Bill Lord, May 30, 2012

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Comment from Tom K
Time May 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Our peach trees are loaded with peaches! I had to thin them out already. We live in Hillsboro and know peaches are marginal here but something good must be happening. The apples, pears (Asian & European) have just a few fruit. The plums are doing well also, but the peaches are just fantastic! This is the 4th year for our orchard.

Comment from Bill
Time May 30, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Yes, it is odd…we have a full crop of peaches this year, blueberries too, but the apples are thin.

Comment from Tom K
Time June 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I know the winter was rather mild in our area . . . no snow cover to speak of and not much below zero temps. I guess “climate change” is affecting agriculture to some degree.

Comment from Tom K
Time July 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Lots of peaches getting some good size, 4 Asian pears & 3 apples, 5 plums. At least we’ll have peaches for fresh eating, jams & maybe peach wine! Our orchard is 4 years old and we were hoping for more apple/pear/plum production but there’s always next year.

Comment from Tom K
Time August 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

Our peaches have been disappearing! There are half-eaten fruits on the ground and one tree has been virtually wiped out! We have a high fence around the orchard so I’m thinking porcupine!

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