91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

There could be bad news for Michigan fruit crops; grapevines might have suffered the most

user: Phil Roeder

Farmers are finally able to head out into their fields, orchards and vineyards to see how everything fared over the winter. 

Ken Nye is a commodities specialist with the Michigan Farm Bureau. 

He's expecting a lot of damage to Michigan fruits. 

"We think we're going to find a fair number of buds that have been frozen over the winter.  A bigger concern would be: Is there actually damage to the tree, the vine, or the bush? That has a long-term impact if we lose those and have to replant them." 

Nye said that wine grapes are probably going to be damaged the most. Other fruit trees that may be in bad shape are peaches, cherries, plums, blueberries.  Apples can take a colder environment and probably are less damaged. 

Rebecca Williams is senior editor in the newsroom, where she edits stories and helps guide news coverage.
Related Content