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Fruit crop losses to top $100 million across Ontario? Northern US?

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posted on May, 8 2012 @ 10:43 AM
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For someone who loves all seasons except winter, this year was a dream come true where I live. Without any snow to speak of, our city coffers saved tons of money on snow clearing operations. People who were normally housebound were peeking out and taking a chance on dry sidewalks and easy walking. Everywhere I went people seemed happier and cheerier and greeted each other with pleasant comments about the weather. It was a light winter and would be an easy spring.

It therefore came as a shock to read a few days ago that Ontario fruit farmers were expecting a massive loss this year. What? How can this be? What we Canadians call our 'banana belt' lies in the Niagara region, but apples and cranberries are grown across the province and indeed across the country. Apples are sturdy, hardy, plentiful and many varieties abound to suit various needs and tastes. I could hardly believe the following story that claims our fruit crops are ruined across the province. Heck, the season hasn't even begun! Or has it?

Nice slow springtime days with temps slowly rising to comfortable t-shirt wearing weather, it all seems normal to me this year. However not to farmers. Here is what one story says.
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A catastrophic freeze has wiped out about 80 per cent of Ontario's apple crop and has the province's fruit industry looking at losses already estimated at more than $100 million.
"This is the worst disaster fruit growers have ever, ever experienced," orchard owner Keith Wright said Friday.
"We've been here for generations and I've never heard of this happening before across the province. This is unheard of where all fruit growing areas in basically the Great Lakes area, in Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York State, Ontario, are all basically wiped out. It's unheard of," the Harrow, Ont.-area grower said.

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And in Michgan, erratic weather is being blamed for wiping out cherry crops that produce ¾ of crops used for pies in the US.

A rare extended period of summerlike temperatures in March caused trees to blossom early, only to be zapped by an unrelenting series of April frosts and freezes. The one-two punch killed many buds, while recent cold snaps and rainstorms have discouraged honeybees from pollinating those that survived.

Farmers and agricultural extension agents said the tart cherry crop is all but wiped out in most places, while sweet cherries, apples, pears and other fruits are heavily damaged. Juice grapes are another casualty. Many growers probably won't bother harvesting their meager yields, focusing instead on keeping trees healthy for next year, said Ken Nye, commodity specialist for the Michigan Farm Bureau.

"This is the worst that Michigan has experienced in the past 50 years at least," Nye said. "I don't know how far you'd have to go back to find something similar."

Michigan produces three-fourths of the nation's tart cherries, used primarily in pies and other food products, and 20 percent of its sweet cherries, a popular table fruit. It ranks third nationally in apple production, behind Washington and New York.


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This all sounds a lot more serious than my former attitude about this year's weather. I do feel for the farmers. I also feel for the consumers. No doubt prices will rise yet again?
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posted on May, 8 2012 @ 10:49 AM
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funny enough this winter was really called ahead of time by the webots
( I bought a report in December '11 )
fukushima was called by the bots too

If thats the trend things are goin to get wierd from here on in



posted on May, 8 2012 @ 10:59 AM
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false flag a la monsanto

you know...too promote their new weather-proof fruit.



posted on May, 8 2012 @ 11:05 AM
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aboutface,
They are trying to pull a fast one on you. Maybe if they lie and write about it on MSM you will magically forget how comfortably warm you have been this summer! I also live where we are given b.s. excuses for the real causes of predicaments. I am happy you are not just another lap dog who will read that and roll over and believe. I say keep questioning, because that does sound quite fishy to me! I smell Monsanto all over it. Good catch! S&F!



posted on May, 8 2012 @ 11:06 AM
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Hi, Danbones! Every time I click on your profile to see if you perhaps made a thread about the predictions, my cursor jumps to the thread title on this page. (What's up with that?) So if you haven't done so already, would you think about doing a thread on it?



posted on May, 8 2012 @ 11:09 AM
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I left out of my post that I checked on the Ministry of Agriculture site and there is nothing about it. However, the site looks all but abandoned since last summer. So I wrote to the Ministry and will let you know if they reply.



posted on May, 8 2012 @ 11:13 AM
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Originally posted by aboutface
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Hi, Danbones! Every time I click on your profile to see if you perhaps made a thread about the predictions, my cursor jumps to the thread title on this page. (What's up with that?) So if you haven't done so already, would you think about doing a thread on it?


I'm with you, I'd like to hear it too.



posted on May, 8 2012 @ 11:13 AM
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I would put nothing past Montsanto but surely you can't be serious about the all-weather fruit. Then again, maybe you are



posted on May, 14 2012 @ 08:54 AM
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The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture wrote me back as follows:

"There has been damage in Ontario orchards (and many others), but OMAFRAneeds to wait until the fruit sets and drops (June) to accurately determine theamount of loss."



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