Freezing Destroys NY State Cherry Crop

Bad news for cherry lovers.  The early spring followed by successive hard freezes have decimated “stone-fruits” in Western New York.  Oscar Rizcarra, owner of Becker Farms in Gasport, NY, says that about two-thirds of its cherry buds have already been lost.  This is a first in his 35 year’s experience.  It’s still possible that Pennsylvania’s crops haven’t been destroyed.  And later-blooming fruits like grapes, strawberries and apples are still okay.  But there is still a lurking danger – they need honey bees to pollinate.  With temperatures fluctuating, the bees likely won’t be out for awhile yet.  If the blossoms come out too soon the honey bees might not get to them.

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