Minnesota apple crop mostly survives untimely frostPublished 10:56am Thursday, May 17, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS — The sudden cold snap that interrupted Minnesota’s warm spring five weeks ago doesn’t appear to have been as big a disaster for the state’s apple crop as initially feared.
The frost bit hard the nights of April 9 and 10 while many trees were blooming unusually early. While that will certainly affect the size of the crop, researchers and growers say it looks like the losses won’t be as bad as they could have been.
University of Minnesota apple breeder David Bedford says the losses vary widely.
Some Minnesota apple growers say they got through frost in good shape, while others say they’re hurting and worried. They’ll find out for sure come August and September when orchards start picking their Zestars, SweeTangos, Honeycrisps, Haralsons and other popular regional varieties.