Michigan crops damaged as temperatures plunge below freezing

Published: May. 17, 2020 at 11:37 AM EDT
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(5/17/20) - Fruit growers are assessing the damage on their orchards after temperatures plunged below freezing in south-central and southwest Michigan, threatening tender blooms on apple, peach and other fruit trees.

Cold, dry air blowing in from Canada dropped temperatures in the low to mid-20s for nearly nine hours.

According to the Lansing State Journal, last weekend’s morning freeze was the worst of its type since one that hit the area in May 2002.

A horticultural specialist with the Michigan Farm Bureau said they won't know the extent of damage statewide until June.

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