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