You may be tired of the cold weather by now, but the cherry and apple growers of Door County are glad to have it. Terry Sorenson of Soren’s Valhalla Orchards and Steve Wood of Wood Orchard Market agree that this spring is the exact opposite of what last year brought. Sorensen says last week he still had snow banks about knee high in the orchard.
According to the Wisconsin Farm Report, the 2012 apple production in Wisconsin was the lowest since 1945, weighing in at 23.6 million pounds. That was down 54 percent from the previous year. Last year’s cherry production was down 75 percent from 2011 with only 1.7 million pounds of cherries harvested. That is the lowest production has been since 2008. Thanks to an early March warm up followed by freezing temperatures in late March and a dry summer, both fruit crops were decimated.
The longer winter won’t impact the crop negatively, but Sorenson says there may be some residual damage from last summer.
Wood says so far the apple and cherry crops look totally intact.
Only time will tell, but at this point in the season things are looking up for the juicy fruits of Door County.