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A branch of apple blossoms, about to become a bouquet.
A branch of apple blossoms, about to become a bouquet.

Apple growers watch for frost damage

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Gardeners and growers off all stripes have been watching the thermometer closely this week, worrying about repeated frost and freeze warnings. Tender vegetables were covered, pots of greenhouse-grown flowers came in.

In orchards, though, it's harder to protect against frost. Apple growers tended smudge fires or kept the chill air moving with big fans to ward off damage from the cold.

Kevin Iungerman monitors orchards in Clinton, Essex, Washington, Saratoga and Albany counties for Cornell Cooperative Extension. Hw visited apple growers around the region this week, and gave Martha Foley a report this morning.

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Martha Foley
News and Public Affairs Director

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