Apple Farmers Worried About Cool Weather

Farmers are worried it will hurt this year’s crops if the weather cools down again.

Normally, apple farms don’t see these warm, 60 to 70-degree temperatures until the end of March and into early April.

At Ecker’s apple farm in Trempeleau, 40 acres of trees are just a week or two away from blooming.

“They don’t know that it’s March 13. They don’t care,” said Sara Ecker of Ecker Apple Farm Crop. “All of nature is not dependent on the calendar, just on your temperatures.”

Eckers said the magic number is 25 degrees. If temperatures go below that and the trees have already blossomed, they’re at risk for losing about 90 percent of crops.