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  1. loneranger

    loneranger Well-Known Member

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    Awhile back I talked about the tendency for warm weather to force fruit bud advance and then cold air is sure to threaten. By golly if that isn’t the case again. Was just enough warmth to tease my fruit trees to the point that I can see the little fruit buds Now artic blasts maybe even snow is in the forecast next week. I have a chart that has pictures of bud development along with critical low temperatures. Next week will be near critical with lows forecast in the 20s. I am in SE Iowa.
     
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    loneranger Well-Known Member

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    I have lived in N Mich and raised fruit. Up there it stays cold until June. By then it jumps abruptly to Summer. Buds stay in until Summer. Rare to lose a crop up there. I figure in the south it is better becase killing freeze during blooming time is also rare. Here in central and southern Iowa we get both extremes in April. Way warm and way cold. Maybe why I see few orchards here. A shame too as all my trees are loaded with fruit buds
     
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    NWS keeps lowering lows next week. If you have fruit trees. Plan on buying fruit this year!
     
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    Even Boone area. Where I know of a large orchard operation. They have 21 forecast lows next week. That may end their crop for the year.
     
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    Ishi Go Time!

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    What day are they talking snow? It would be cool to decap a turkey in the snow...... crimson snow everywhere by the kill would make for a great picture
     
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    Where are you? West and NW Iowa snow Sunday
     
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    I can buy a Turkey easier. Come to think of it. I can buy apples easier too.
     
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    Yeah for my late Frost seeded clover,
    Fruit trees not so much.

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    Will the cold hurt clover? It’s quite hardy
     
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    Clover will be fine, the ground temp is not cold enough to make it go dormant.
     
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    Well 20s every night this week. Two mornings with snow covering my fruit trees. Be interesting to see if I have any fruit this year.
     
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    Hardwood11 It is going to be a good fall!

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    27 for a low in Minnesota (this weekend) not good for fruit.
     
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    Or buckwheat! If anyone has planted that yet, they may lose it all with this cold snap. Meanwhile...I am once again reminded why I gave up on fruit trees at my farm many years ago now. If the drought doesn't straight up kill the trees in the summer...uneven spring weather sees to it that there is little to no fruit produced.
     
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    Hardwood11 It is going to be a good fall!

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    Seems to be worse lately, must be global warming (cough) no it is just strange. Soybeans (if emerged) might be in trouble in some areas?
     
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    Gathering things to cover the 30 tomato and 30 pepper plants in the garden. Knew we were gambling on too early to plant out. Got more sets started, was planning on putting them out this weekend. Might hold off on that. Not much can be done to protect the fruit trees.


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    We complain.... yet thing of the farmers with hundreds of acres of beans that could be up. Damn.
     
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    Garden ready for cold temps. Apple trees in bloom, we’ll see.


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    Didnt get nearly as cold as predicted in my neck or the woods. Weatherman off by 6 degrees thankfully.
     
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    34 degrees here, I was going to try something different. Had a thermometer hanging from the farthest tree in the group.
    4 degrees to 6 degrees warmer than the actual outdoor temperature.[​IMG][​IMG]

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    28 and 29 predicted for lows here the next two nights. Apple trees are full of blooms.
     

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