Last week’s rare May snowstorm was a close call for many fruit growers across the Husker State.
Eric Olson, a manager at the Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard in Nebraska City, says the lowest temperature they recorded was 32-degrees, which had little impact.
Olson says a few degrees colder and the orchard could have been in serious trouble.
“At those stages, if it gets down to 28 degrees, you lose about 10% of your crop but if it drops down to 25 degrees, you would lose 90% of your crop.”
Olson says he was the most concerned about the peach trees, which are almost all in full bloom.
The orchard grows apples, cherries, pears, peaches, plums, grapes and a few other crops.
By Nate Gonner, KNCY, Nebraska City