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Farmers assessing winter damage to fruit crops in west Michigan

Some blueberries.
Some blueberries.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The fruit crop in west Michigan has been a bit delayed because of the long winter, and farmers are just now getting to assess the full extent of the damage. According to the Michigan State University Extension Office, the fruit crop this year in the state will be the furthest behind it's been in over a decade, as trees are just starting to grow. Additionally, TV3 reports that maple sap flow began this year much later than normal, and various fruit trees, especially the younger ones, are reported as having suffered damage due to the weather conditions and animals. It adds that farmers are still determining the extend of the damage to their trees.