Predictions of bad fruit crops proving accurate

Industry groups say early predictions of a bad year for fruit crops in Michigan's northwestern Lower Peninsula are coming true.
AP Wire
Jun 11, 2012

The Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association said the region's tart cherry growers expect to process about 2 million pounds this year. That's a tiny fraction of the amount in more typical seasons. The total was 92.5 million pounds in 2011.

Suttons Bay cherry farmer Don Gregory said he expects to harvest less than 1 percent of his average crop, if anything.

An unusual warm-up in March followed by sub-freezing temperatures in April has devastated many of Michigan's orchard crops.

The food packers group says apple production in northwestern Michigan will total about 2.5 million bushels, a drop-off of more than 90 percent from last year.

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