Climate change could hit Michigan crops hard again
Wed, 13 Feb 2013 11:31:06 GMT —
As the climate gets warmer, Michigan may experience more of the spring thaw-and-freeze patterns that devastated fruit crops last year.
That's the prediction from scientists who outlined the likely effects of climate change on the Midwest during a conference Tuesday in Ann Arbor.
Michigan state climatologist Jeff Andresen said the risk has risen in recent decades of early spring warm-ups that cause trees to emerge from winter dormancy too soon.
If the thaws are followed by late freezes, it can kill buds and ruin crops.