Posted: Apr 17, 2013 8:27 PM by Tara Oster - MTN News
YELLOW BAY - We've seen some uncharacteristically cold temperatures in western Montana for this time of year and that has some of us wondering; "How are the cherry orchards doing?"
Ken Edgington, a cherry grower in the Yellow Bay area says not to worry, he hasn't seen or heard of any major bud damage to the orchards.
And he pointed out sometimes being close to the lake this time of year can help keep the orchards a couple of degrees warmer because of the wind blowing across the water. "And I think sometimes you have to remember if you get a little bit of bud damage, that can work to your benefit too because every year you don't necessarily want every bud on the tree to produce a cherry and sometimes a little bit of bud damage can do some thinning for you."
He adds he will be watching his orchards very closely - but isn't concerned right now.