"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!