Brisk Spring kick off has farmers breathing a sigh of relief
WEST MICHIGAN– March 2016 has seen some warm days, this Saturday not being one of them. Highs on Saturday reached only into the low 40s and overnight temperatures are forecasted to dip into the 20s.
Warm weather lovers may be upset with this push of cooler air, but farmers are relieved. The warmer the weather the more likely sap is to run up the trees and push for an early bloom. If trees bloom when the threat of frost is around, farmers could see their plants suffer.
And don’t break out the gardening shears just yet, the first week of Spring is on track to be seasonably cool. There is even a chance of a rain/snow mix towards the end of the week.
For a more in depth look at how March temperature swings effect Michigan fruit trees check out this report.