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Early warm temperatures could impact apple season

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The apple trees at Lyman Orchards are dormant right now, but if there are a few more warm days, they will come out of that state and start an early apple season. (WFSB) The apple trees at Lyman Orchards are dormant right now, but if there are a few more warm days, they will come out of that state and start an early apple season. (WFSB)
MIDDLEFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Tuesday brought on spring-like temperatures but the early warm weather could cause some problems for some fruit growers.

The apple trees at Lyman Orchards are dormant right now, but if there are a few more warm days, they will come out of that state and start an early apple season.

“We want warm weather because we have golf too, but we don’t want warm weather too early, as a fruit grower,” said John Lyman, of Lyman Orchards.

The trees that cover the orchard’s 100 acres have buds that are still tight on branches, which is Mother Nature’s way of protecting the flower from cold temperatures, but warm weather is a trigger.

If extreme cold follows the warm, then the buds are put in a precarious position and there are only a few things a farmer can do, like cover the plant with water to create heat under the ice, but the orchards aren’t set for that.

Lyman said the extreme is also the rare, and temperatures usually even out for the entire season.

If temperatures stay warm throughout March, you can expect an earlier apple picking season, beginning in August, which won’t be the end of the world.

“Hopefully things will get back to normal, and we can stretch things and get into spring and have more moderate temperatures, that would be our wish,” Lyman added.

It is still too early to tell and the weather in New England is rarely consistent.

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