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Climate change is affecting farmers across the U.S. —————————————————
Tart cherries, a small, delicate crop grown in Michigan, relies on a long, cold winter and a slow, cool spring so trees won’t bud and bloom before the threat of a final freeze is over. But lately warmer temperatures arrive too soon. There have been two total crop failures in a decade; the last one before that was in 1945. Spring weather has become more violent, too, pummeling trees with hail and winds. —————————————————
Another problem: the spotted wing Drosophila, an invasive fruit fly, showed up in 2010, and many farmers believe it is spreading quickly as a result of shifting climate patterns. It lays eggs in the fruit, and its larvae feed inside, ruining the cherry; so far it seems impossible to control. 425 families grow tart cherries. Already, there is talk among some families of abandoning the cherry business altogether.
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Source: NY Times @nytimes