More freezing nights could mean no apples for local orchards
STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -
With temperatures see-sawing back and
forth, some local crops may be in danger. Last month, Newsline 9 brought you
the story of an orchard owner that was worried he may not have any apples at
all. Now, we check back in to see how the cold nights are affecting his crops.
Casey Janowski says it all comes down
to the next few days.
"It's kind of a crucial time now with
the frosty night," Janowski said.
Casey's Orchards has been in business
in Stevens Point for 44 years. Janowski says he's never seen a season quite
"At this point, the tree would be
starting to bud out. They would probably come into bloom about mid-May,"
But they are already there, a month
ahead of schedule. But what happens if the crops see more freezing nights?
"The fruit wouldn't set. There'd be no
apples," Janowski said.
Janowski says this week is critical,
and he just hopes for one thing.
"That we don't get the frost. We'll
see how this thing turns out," he said.
The fate of the apples at Casey's
Orchards lie in the hands of Mother Nature. But landscapers at Schalow's Nursery
in Marshfield say their plants will be just fine because of their greenhouses.
"We try and take care of a lot of our
plants. Our perennials, we keep them in our greenhouses so they don't get affected
by frost and conditions like this," Schalow's Nursery Landscape Designer Ryan
Employees at Schalow's say with warmer
temperatures last month, business was booming. But now, as colder temperatures
return, that's died down.
"I think the reason why we're not
getting as many calls right now is because I think people are waiting for that
last frost to come through. I'm hoping this is the last cold spell," Virden
But only time will tell.
Owners at Casey's Orchards say their
biggest worry is for multiple freezing nights this week. They say that could
ruin several varieties of apples for the entire season.