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Ag. Weather Outlook 5-12-2014

by Tim Abramowski

If you closely track rainfall, snowfall and temperature trends, you might want to remember last Tuesday, May 6th. Mark Longstroth says that mornings freezing temperature could (hopefully) prove to be the last one of the season. It increasingly appears this weeks cold shot of air wont be enough for a real freeze though early Thursday and Friday there definitely will be a chill in the air with lower 40s and some upper 30s. More good news from Mark at the MSU Extension with rapid plant progress during a generally warm last seven days its easier to spot signs of damage and, he says, theres less of it than we thought there might be due to the bitter cold of early January. While peaches and wine grapes have suffered some, tart cherries and sweet cherries havent been hurt as bad as previously feared. He says apples should be opening up early this week. He says the big picture is a positive one for regional orchards this spring.