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Climate change could hit Michigan crops hard again

Climate change could hit Michigan crops hard

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.

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