Spring Sprang Early!

Hi everyone!

I know that most of the country has experienced very unusual weather for this time of the year. We here in Michigan had great Springtime weather the past couple of weeks. So, the flowering trees and plants naturally did their thing and bloomed.

I took a couple of pictures with my phone while checking my mom’s house. They are in Florida for a month so, I stop by just to check things out.

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The early spring is causing some serious problems. Here in Michigan, we are one of the largest apple and other fruit producers. And guess what, the fruit trees are starting to bloom! This is way too early for that to happen.

In Michigan, like in many other fruit growing regions, tree fruit and small fruit varieties have been selected over the years to fit the ranges of temperatures suitable to maximize productivity and fruit quality. However, record temperatures like the ones observed on March 21 in west Michigan are turned upside down in the fruit grower’s production calendar.

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Blueberries are another huge Michigan crop.

Blueberry growers need to prepare their contingency plans to deal with possible freezing temperatures during the bloom period.

This unusual phenomenon brings a series of challenges for the fruit industry and for all the technical personnel directly associated with fruit production (i.e., agronomists, entomologists, crop consultants, agrochemical suppliers, etc.). Major challenges that we will be dealing with include spring freeze and frost events, lack of pollinators, and early arrival of insect and disease problems.

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A big problem with the fruit blooming now is that there are no bees and other pollinators around yet.

All major fruit crops in Michigan rely on honey bees for good pollination and fruit quality. But according to Michael G. Hansen, MDARD state apiarist, with such unusual spring, most commercial beekeepers that provide pollination services for Michigan growers are not ready to move their colonies from their overwintering site, Florida and California. This may create problems for all fruit industry. But it may affect most drastically small growers because most of the time beekeepers give priority to large fruit farms over small production units

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So, although it sure is pretty so see all these beautiful blooms so early, this weird weather may have some serious economic consequences to a lot of people. Including us in the price we pay for fruit over the next year.

All the data I quoted here came from MSU extension article. This is the same place that we are getting our Master Gardeners Certification.

If you would like to read more about it, check it out here.

Since Mother Nature is out of our control, we need to just enjoy the beauty we are seeing around us now.

I am joining:

Outdoor Wednesday

Fertilizer Friday

Pink Saturday

12 comments :

  1. There definitely was a change in temps this week in West MI. It's been darn chilly. Our asparagus farmers may loose all their crops if temps dip much farther at night. So sad to think that our early gorgeous weather can be so devastating to our farmers.

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  3. There is good news. With the early onset of spring, bees and pollenators HAVE come out early. They are everywhere here in Missouri. Trust me I was attacked by a bumble bee the other day while pruning the lilac bush, not to mention we have had wasps out the ying yang. Everything will be okay it always is. Of course if it's not, and the crops are dramatically diminished this year we hard working people out here will get to make up the difference by paying an ungodly price for fruit. What's new, I ask? They jack the up prices EVERY YEAR for some reason or another. More good news, were used to paying for it so it shouldn't be any problem and there is rarely every an shortage. More fruit goes bad and gets thrown away in the United States than in any other country.

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  4. Higher prices will be passed on, for sure. Wish Mother Nature would decide what's what, season wise. One minute it feels like summer, then spring, then winter. Temps were in the 20's the other night. FROST destroyed blooms. Take care.

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  5. VERY serious. More so than many people are aware - we live in a world that gives us what we want at a brightly light, tightly wrapped grocery. I don't think many people really realize how every little bee is important for that end result. I am worried about it all.

    I am in Ohio and north Ohio's peach trees may really be affected now too with this odd weather.

    It's been really fun not having a real winter and having this warm stuff, but not at that price. Scary.

    Your momma's flowers are pretty! You took that with a phone camera? Sheesh, that's awesome!

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  6. The flowers are so pretty and lift our spirits, but with a sudden change BACK to cooler temps and a lot more wind, all the buds and blossoms have blown off our trees. I have been hearing a lot about poor bee populations this year, they did not fare well this past winter.
    So on top of increased transportation prices we are looking forward to reduced crops this summer, meaning higher prices.
    I knew we would pay for lack of a typical winter.

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  7. There is a lot of concern for us in northern Ohio this week as it's turned colder. Now they are waiting to see how much damage has been done to our fruit trees. It's back to normal temps here, but everything bloomed about a month earlier than usual. Hope your Thursday is a wonderful one!

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  8. Flowers are so pretty! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  9. My husband and I were just speaking of the fruit issues just yesterday....

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  10. spring sure did spring!!! your garden is wonderful...and I too worry about the less beautiful side of things...
    Once again I am just loving the tour of all the gardens that have linked in to my little party! I am so excited to visit each and every post...they are all so inspiring and I am NEVER disappointed! The creative gardens and colorful displays that I am lucky to see are inspirations that I would never have found had I not found each of the gardeners I see online! Thank you so much for sharing your garden with my Friday Flaunt this week...I do hope you will link in again soon!
    This post is being shared on my Tootsie Time Facebook page too just so you are aware.
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  11. Oh! Love these pictures - what a beautiful yard you must have. You probably don't want to leave it to go inside! Thanks for sharing, Paula from Idaho http://bucketideasforgardening.blogspot.com/

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  12. I think we have the same magnolia tree. YES! Do you know the variety? I can't figure it out!

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