June 5, 2020: Crop Progress

COVID-19 has slowed or shut a lot of things down since the middle of March. One thing it has not slowed down was the weather. Except for some colder than average temperatures in late April and early May that brought light snow in parts of the state, the weather has been good for getting spring fieldwork done. During the abnormally cold stretch that saw frost several mornings, a lot of fruit trees and fruit plants were in full bloom and the extent of frost damage was harmful. One orchard and berry farm near me reported nearly their entire strawberry crop was killed by frost. It has warmed up nicely since then, and there have been plenty of dry days to go with adequate rainfall, making this spring an overall good one for planting. Read More