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!
Bill Lord, May 30, 2012
Posted: May 30th, 2012 under Fruit Growers Journal.