Perfect Storm – Limited Apples in MN Fall 2021

Frost, Heat and Drought have caused the Perfect Storm

1st Frost/Freezing Temperatures

Very warm temperatures early in April, we are about 25% higher in growing degree units this year than last year.  Huge Spring temperature swings from the southern part of the state to the northern part of the state cased many orchards to have frost damage and loose the majority of their crop.

2nd  90 degree Heat

Our trees are not programed to have this type of heat in April and early May.

3rd Drought

We started the spring with very- dry conditions and we have had very little rain if any

Perfect Storm

We thought we were going to have one of our best crops ever this year. The trees had an easy winter and the trees were loaded with Fruit Spurs which lead to more blossoms then you can imagine. The bees had great weather to pollinate the orchard.

Now as of early June the trees decided that they needed to save themselves so they aborted the majority of the fruit. This is happening from the southern part of the state to the northern part of the state.

What can you do?

If you have fruit trees monitor the moisture conditions and make sure your trees are getting enough water!