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Strawberry growing season on ice

June 8, 2009
By Dionna Harris Escanaba Daily Press

ESCANABA - Unseasonably cold overnight temperatures in May and June could result in a shortened season for local strawberry crops.

Warren Schauer of Michigan State University said while he hadn't spoken recently with local strawberry farmers, he felt if the weather conditions warranted, frost prevention measures would have been implemented.

According to Steven Fleegel of the National Weather Service in Marquette, there were three days recorded at the Delta County Airport where the temperature dropped to or below 32 degrees.

"There were also a few days where overnight lows dropped close to the freezing mark at the Delta County Airport, however, it is possible inland areas did drop to or below freezing," said Fleegel.

A call by the Daily Press to Victor Ledvina, owner of Ledvina's Strawberry Farm in Flat Rock was unsuccessful.

There was also no indication of when picking would begin at Ledvina's Strawberry Farm.

Dave Pellegrini, operator of Pellegrini's Strawberry Farm said they had been irrigating five out of the past eight nights to prevent the fragile blossoms from frosting over.



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