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.