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Published June 08, 2010, 10:35 AM

After cold snap, Michigan fruit crop takes hit

DETROIT — A cold snap in April and early May is expected to cost fruit growers across Michigan tens of millions of dollars.

DETROIT — A cold snap in April and early May is expected to cost fruit growers across Michigan tens of millions of dollars.

The Detroit News reports Tuesday that agriculture experts and farmers who evaluated the damage say everything from cherries and apples to blueberries and pears was hit. This could mean higher prices for locally grown fresh fruit.

Strawberry and peach crops were largely unscathed, but other fruits suffered extensive damage.

Bob Tritten, district fruit educator for Michigan State University Extension, estimates that about 30 percent to 40 percent of the apple crop has been destroyed and 60 percent to 70 percent of the pear crop was lost.

He estimates about half of cherries have been destroyed and about 40 percent of the blue-berry crop was damaged.

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