We get lots of questions this time of year about how the winter weather affects our crops. We appreciate our customer’s concerns! This winter, we’ve had more precipitation than the past several winters, both in the form of snow (about 32 inches so far this year) and rain (we had flooding here just last week!). This is good, as the ground water is being replenished, and we’ll appreciate that especially this summer, when things heat up! The cold temperatures are good right now as well. Both apple and peach trees require a certain number of “chill hours” each winter, in order to produce fruit. Some winters, when it’s especially warm, it’s a struggle to meet the requirements (this sounds like WE can control this, and we can’t!). Dormancy is a part of the life cycle of the trees, and is very important. So, while this weather may not delight everyone, it’s certainly been a good thing for the orchards so far.
Now, when spring comes, the story will change! And we’ll be sure to let you know.
In the meantime, stay warm, dry, safe, and enjoy the beauty of winter . Spring will be here before you know it!