Harsh winter damages fruit trees, vines

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan farm group says the state’s harsh winter has damaged some fruit trees and vineyards.

The Michigan Farm Bureau says the late thaw is finally allowing fruit farmers to assess damage from the cold and heavy snow.

Horticulture and forestry specialist Ken Nye says there’s going to be some bud damage and also “potential damage to the wood.”

Michigan is the national center for tart cherry production and also a major producer of apples and sweet cherries.

Nye said in a report Friday that Michigan’s apple trees appear to have avoided much damage, but cherries, peaches, grapes and blueberries have sustained damage.

He says the best hope for growers is for cool weather to linger “as long as possible” to minimize damage to plants.

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