"Early spring."   Sounds wonderful at first blush!  When farmers use the term, there is a tinge of anxiety connected.  Has there been enough dormancy to impact overwintering insects?  Will we get enough rain to fill the ponds before summer heat sets in?  And the ever-present drama, will a late freeze, more impactful with early budding and flowering, threaten the peach/plum/pear (pick your fruit!) or grape crop? As muscadine farmers, we worry a tad less about late freeze, since muscadine bloom typically is quite late.  Also, muscadines will put on a second, smaller crop if the first freezes.  Still, all eyes are on the threatened freezing temperatures for this weekend.  Fingers crossed, especially for those peach farmers!

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