How a frost this time of year could affect fruit trees

Temperatures have been down in the 30's the last couple of mornings.

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – If you’ve been up early the last couple of mornings you’ve probably noticed it’s been pretty chilly.

Temperatures have gotten down into the 30’s across western Massachusetts over the last couple of mornings.

From the 80’s and 90’s earlier this week to the 60’s and 70’s over the last couple of days. This is typically the time of year we see a swing in temperatures.

But more importantly are how low the temperatures get at night, especially for orchards like Kosinski Farms in Westfield. 

Now that flowers and fruit trees are blossoming a frost could be very costly. “Two years ago we had a frost slash low freeze at this point in time of year and we lost about 80 percent of our apples. It can happen to any of the fruit crops right now they tend to be cold hearty but with these extremes it’s not so much we got the frost or that cold temperature, now it’s the 80 or 90 degree weather we had the last week. It’s the fluxes in temperatures that cause the most damage,” said Michael Kosinski of Kosinski Farms in Westfield.

Kosinski says with temperatures around freezing blueberries and apples could sustain what is called a “chilling injury” which prevents the fruit from fully developing. He says right now their trees seem to be okay.

Some people aren’t too concerned about a frost right now. “But am I worried about a frost? No, I’m happy the way the weather is now. I’m glad we just don’t have anymore snow this year, we’re done,” said Valerie Maslauskas of Westfield.

Blueberries will be in season around the 4th of July with apples in August and September.

 

 

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