Freezing temperatures in Iowa hurt fruit farmers


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Some parts of Iowa saw freezing temperatures this morning. As we mentioned in March, fruit farmers in Iowa feared an April freeze because it could damage their crop.

Most fruit bloomed unusually early this year due to the warm weather. Once in bloom, freezing temperatures can destroy a substantial portion of fruit crops.

For instance, according to a horticulture professor at Iowa State University, about 90 percent of an apple orchard will be damaged at 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read more about how the weather affects Iowa’s fruit farmers in a Des Moines Register article here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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