Michigan farmers keep eye on crops amid recent cold weather

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan farmers are keeping an eye on crops in the coming weeks to determine the extent of damage from a recent round of cold weather.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports farmers in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula are among those taking steps to protect their crops as temperatures drop during the overnight hours this week.

Heidi Friske, general manager of Friske Orchards in Ellsworth, says workers took preventative measures against frost Tuesday night by using large wind machines and irrigation. She says apples and cherries are among the crops with potential damage.

The National Weather Service says overnight temperatures fell to 29 degrees in Traverse City and have dropped into the low 20s in other places.

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