Freeze cuts Michigan apple crop by more than 50%

05/17/2012 07:44:00 AM
Andy Nelson

At Hart, Mich., northwest of the Fruit Ridge region, losses are also heavy, said Tyler Hodges, sales manager of Hart-based Todd Greiner Farms.

“There may be 5% left,” Hodges said May 16, referring to all tree fruit in the region. “It’s going to hurt a lot of people.”

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Witzgall Orchards    
Bay City, MI  |  May, 18, 2012 at 08:09 AM

We also have a 95% or more loss this year. No point opening without apples to sell!!

Mark Seitz    
Pender County, NC  |  May, 21, 2012 at 04:00 PM

Based on information I have heard from friends and family in Michigan, the losses are going to be a lot higher than 50%.

Armada, MI  |  May, 23, 2012 at 05:26 PM

Granted, some of the crops may have been lost down in my area. However, there's been positive news regarding the orchards in the Upper Peninsula and northwestern regions of the state. Thanks to great relationships with them, those orchards are willing to lend a hand to those of us with weather damage. On that note, cider and Michigan apples will still be available; just not as abundant as we're used to.

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