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Ag. Weather Outlook 7-02-2014

by Tim Abramowski

Some Michigan fruit growers took a hit in this weeks round of strong winds and some hail. Mark Longstroth, Fruit Educator with the MSU Extension says central Berrien County was the hardest hit area with damage including tipped trees, broken limbs and flooded areas. In his weekly Fruit Report, Longstroth says early peach varieties and some apples were knocked off trees in exposed orchard sites. In addition wind whip damage to tart cherry fruit could prove significant especially in tops of trees. His report also says Japanese beetles have emerged. Spotted wing drosophila adults have been trapped in Berrien, Van Buren, Allegan and Ottawa counties. The little vinegar fly attacks thin skinned fruit like raspberries and many thin skinned wild berries. Adults move from one type of ripening fruit to another so wild berries in the woods and fence rows can be a significant source of adults attacking commercial or backyard fruit. Fair weather remains in the outlook for Thursday through most of Sunday with another round of showers and thunderstorms due to move our way at that time bringing unsettled conditions for the start of next week.