Temperatures in the East and Midwest hit the mid-to-low-20s over the weekend, as snow was seen in some areas as well… "I had 26F (Sunday) night. I know some Pennsylvania growers reported colder temperatures," says Win Cowgill, professor and area fruit agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in New Brunswick. "We’re not sure if there are any long-term effects on apples right now. I had one grower at 21F or 22F on Asian pears. I expect damage there."… Mary Concklin, visiting associate Extension educator in fruit production and IPM from the University of Connecticut, says grower need to keep an eye on fruit picked after a freeze in short-term storage for early breakdown. She also says fruit harvested after a freeze shouldn’t be sent to controlled atmosphere or long-term storage.
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