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Report says climate change good for Michigan wine industry

A glass of wine.
A glass of wine.

LANSING (WKZO) -- Michigan's wine industry is reaping the benefits of climate change. A new report in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture notes the growing season for grapes in the state is now nearly 29 days longer per year than it was in 1971, and the number of wineries has been increasing yearly for decades. While the season is getting longer, frost is still a big threat to the crop, and could be viewed as a larger danger than before given bud bursts happening earlier in the year. In 2012, freezing weather in April killed off the majority of all of Michigan's fruit crops.