By Paul Schmitt
As visitors travel throughout the Door Peninsula and experience the beauty of white and pink cherry blossoms, orchard owners are keeping an eye on the weather that could impact this year’s crop. Recent thunderstorms did not create damaging hail, but Steve Wood from Wood Orchards in Egg Harbor and Sturgeon Bay says a late season frost can cause more extensive damage.
Wood says this weekend should provide the peak for cherry blossoms. Door County, which has about 25,000 acres of cherry orchards, experienced a late killing frost last year that saw a 21 percent drop in tart cherry production, according to cherry producers.