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  • Mid-April freeze threatens fruit trees

    The winter that just won't quit has one more punch for the nation's Heartland - a cold front bringing a brief return to sub-freezing weather, creating concerns for growers of apples, peaches, grapes and other fruit.

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  • "It was devastating in 2007 because the fruit crops were well advanced," Byers said. "This freeze will be a problem but it won't be as devastating for apple growers, blueberry growers, blackberry and raspberry growers."

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  • Because many apple trees haven't yet bloomed, they may escape damage, said Patrick Byers, a Springfield, Mo.-based horticulture specialist for the University of Missouri Extension Service.

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