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Growers work to protect crops after warm March weather, last weekend's freeze

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Record-breaking warm temperatures this March sped up the growing season in North Country orchards--with many fruit trees now in blossom well ahead of schedule. This weekend, low temperatures below freezing put those blossoms in danger, and raised questions about this year's yields.

Many orchardists spent much of the weekend trying to protect their crops--using bonfires, wind machines and water to keep frost from settling into fruit blossoms.

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Nora Flaherty
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Patricia Sheehan is co-owner of Rulf’s Orchard. Rulf’s grows apples, strawberries, blueberries, squash and sweet corn on 280 acres in Peru. She spoke with Nora Flaherty about this weekend’s weather and how it bodes for the rest of the growing season. 

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