Warm weather affecting 2012 apple crop

As spring looks a lot more like summer in 2012, everything from plants and animals to people are coming out of their winter dens to enjoy the warm weather. As the buds start to dot the trees, local industries, like Beak and Skiff Apple Farm, are seeing their apple blossoms grow a month earlier than usual.

Production manager Mark Fleckenstein says that everything is a month ahead of schedule, meaning we will most likely be getting our apples a month ahead of schedule come fall.

As always, the threat for frost looms, and Fleckenstein says that threat level is higher this season because the buds are growing in March, instead of traditionally warmer months like April and May.

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