ConservasMay. 16, 2012
Duraznos/EE.UU: heladas causan severo daño en Penslivania
There could be some scarcity of peaches, cherries and apricots on the farmers’ markets in Pennsylvania this year.
This is because of the erratic weather. Warm weather brought out the blossoms early, only for them to be damaged by the frosts a few months later.
Fortunately the weather hasn’t been bad enough to wipe out the whole crop.
“For some farmers here in central Pennsylvania, they are going to experience losses. No question about it. But that does not necessarily mean the growing season will be a failure,” said Mark O’Neill, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
In the Northwestern part of the state there are reports of losses in the region of 80-90%.
Grapes have also been hit hard. Rich Erdle, member services director for the National Grape Cooperative, says there is significant damage to grapes from Ohio to Pennsylvania and New York. Erdle said it might be the worst frost damage to grapes in 35 years, though final estimates are yet to be produced.
Publication date: 5/16/2012