Frozen Food: Weather impacts peach, apple crops differently

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Published on August 21, 2019 - Duration: 02:16s

Frozen Food: Weather impacts peach, apple crops differently

The brutally-cold Winter feels like ages ago, but we're just now seeing the impact it had on Wisconsin's crops.

It devastated some fruits, but others are more resilient

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Frozen Food: Weather impacts peach, apple crops differently

NEW AT DAYBREAK:THE BRUTALLY-COLD WINTER FEELS LIKE AGESAGO... BUT WE'RE JUST NOWSEEING THE IMPACT IT HAD ONWISCONSIN'S CROPS.

ITDEVASTATED SOME FRUITS.

OTHERSARE MORE RESILIENT.

PETEZERVAKIS JOINS US WITH THESTORY.APPLE HOLLER IN STURTEVANTBRINGS IN THE BULK OF ITSBUSINESS THROUGH -- YOUGUESSED IT -- APPLES.

BUT THEOWNER ALSO GROWS PEACHES.

ANDTHIS YEAR... HIS 25-HUNDREDPEACH TREES PRODUCED áNOFRUIT.THESE ARE THE ONLY PEACHES FORSALE AT APPLE HOLLER THIS YEAR-- BOUGHT FROM OUT OF STATE.GROWING PEACHES IN WISCONSINIS ALWAYS RISKY DUE TO OURWINTERS.

JANUARY'S "POLARVORTEX" TOTALLY WIPED OUT THISYEAR'S CROP: 1:35 we got -23,I think, and -26, on twoconsecutive days and the ruleof thumb with peaches is -10and you lose 10%, and eachdegree below that you loseanother 10 percent.

LUCKILYFOR DAVE FLANNERY... HIS APPLETREES ARE HEARTIER.

THERE AREABOUT 18-THOUSAND OF THEM ONTHIS PROPERTY - GROWING 30TYPES OF APPLES.

AND WHILE THEPOLAR VORTEX DID DAMAGE SOMEOF THEM... FLANNERY SAID IT'SONLY ABOUT 10 PERCENT OF THISYEAR'S CROP.

2:04 there was alittle damage to some of theapple trees but not nearly tothe extent of the peaches ANDFLANNERY SAYS THE COLDTEMPERATURES THAT LINGEREDINTO SPRING ACTUALLYáPROTECTED HIS APPLES.

THEYDELAYED THE APPLE TREES'BLOOMING BY ABOUT THREE WEEKS- INTO LATE MAY - WHENTEMPERATURES WERE NO LONGER INDANGER OF DIPPING BELOWFREEZING... 10:34 it pushed usinto safer weather territoryFOR CONTEXT... IN 2012,TEMPERATURES IN MAY DROPPEDINTO THE 20'S AFTER THE APPLETREES HAD ALREADY BEGUN TOBLOOM.

THAT KILLED OFF ABOUT85 PERCENT OF APPLE HOLLER'SCROP THAT YEAR.ANCHOR CHAT

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