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Apple season could be in trouble if cold temperatures return

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW)--Apple season is getting started early with the warmer temperatures. But that has some orchard owners worried about a return to colder weather.

Casey and Marcia Janowski say they've seen some bad winters. But it's the unpredictable springs that can hurt their business.

"This season coming up, it's questionable. It's very warm. It seems like the trees are going to open much earlier, about a month ahead of other seasons. We will have to see what's going to happen," Casey Janowski said.

The Janowskis say they've seen green on their trees already—something that doesn't usually happen until mid-April.

"If the weather stays nice, we will probably be harvesting in August," Janowski said.

That's about a month earlier than a typical season. But the owners of Casey's Orchards in Stevens Point say they could still run into problems.

"If the blossoms freeze at that time, when they're just open, that's it for the season. There's not going to be anything until next year," Janowski said.

Casey Janowski says blooms are only open for two-to-three days before the apple begins to form. He says that's the critical time where warmer temperatures are needed. The dryer weather is also presenting a problem.

"Hopefully we will get some more rain this spring and get some more moisture into the ground," Janowski said.

Janowski says he's not asking for much, just for the milder weather to stick around.

Online Reporter: Cassandra Vinch

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