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2012 Edibles #21: Fruit Trees in SW Ontario

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 06-08-2012 08:35 AM 3825 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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June 8/12

Rick was talking with a farmer yesterday who has about 40 apple trees in his orchard. He said that he has searched and searched and cannot find a single apple.

He said that the early spring we had in March, tricked the trees and they blossomed early. Those that were pollinated were frozen in the following “winter part II”.
The blossoms that bloomed later, also got hit by a frost and were also doomed.

I hope this isn’t a sign of what is happening everywhere in SW Ontario!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)



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posted 06-08-2012 09:53 AM

I had seen this report or one similar to it previously.
Estimated that the weather conditions this year will lead to an 80% apple crop failure in Ontario.

http://www.farmzone.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=Apple_shortage_in_Ontario_10_05_2012?ref=ccbox_news_topstories

and a more recent report which suggest it could be up to 88% (how could they estimate to this degree?)

http://www.farmzone.com/news/storm_watch_stories3&stormfile=Weather_damages_apple_crop_in_Ontario_07_06_2012?ref=ccbox_news_topstories

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posted 06-08-2012 12:37 PM

We had small figs on the fig tree in my front yard early this spring. Then the frost hit and we only have 2 that I can now find. The frost caused all of them to drop.

The tree is new and we had about 10 figs last year, but I thought I might have seen as many as 50 in the early stage.

-- Karson retired in DE e-mail karson_morrison@bigfoot.com

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posted 06-08-2012 01:07 PM

scary stuff

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 06-09-2012 02:02 PM

It will really put the price of apples up this year.What a shame the trees couldn’t take the lousy weather we had in early spring.My tomato plants got hit really bad too and are just now starting to get new shoots on them and are growing at a good rate.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 06-09-2012 02:06 PM

my pear tree has about half a dozen of blossoms on it right now … strange .. maybe the will turn into something?

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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