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February 16, 2012

Warm winter leaves fruit trees, plants at risk

Peter Hirst and Bruce Bordelon, Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

An unusually warm winter in Indiana could be setting up fruit trees, berry plants and vineyards for crop damage if frost occurs this spring, say Purdue University Extension fruit production specialists. Read the rest of the article here.

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Fruit trees and plants that have accumulated necessary winter chilling hours set buds when temperatures turn springlike. An apple tree bud (top) emerges, while a budding strawberry plant (bottom) shows the effects of a hard frost - the flower on the left has died.

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