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Michigan's apple crop in good shape despite record winter

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MONTROSE (WJRT) - (05/20/14) - After a great growing season last year, which included a bumper crop of apples, many in Mid-Michigan are wondering what this year will hold, considering our record cold and snowy winter.

It appears Michigan's apple crop is in good shape despite this past winter's challenges.

Mid-Michigan orchards are finally waking up from their winter slumber, as blossoms add color to apple orchards across the county.

Much of the state's fruit crop is running behind schedule, due to our long and hard winter, as well as our slow return to warmer weather.

"We're running about 10 to 12 days behind normal, which isn't really bad, because the weather, even though it was cold this winter, didn't go up and down a lot. So, it was very constant. We didn't see the damage we might have seen if it popped up and down and moved 30 or 40 degrees in any one month," said Dan Hill, of Montrose Orchards.

There is some good news. The threat of frost is pretty much past, which could mean another good year, especially for apples and blueberries.
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