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6:51 AM, Mar 15, 2012   |    comments
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  • Ed Robinette says if the warm weather continues, apple trees would bloom around April 22, moving up harvesting time.
  • Ed Robinette says this is the earliest growing season he's seen.
    

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP (WZZM)-The unusually warm weather is putting some farmers on edge.

The Robinette family owns 40 acres of fruit trees in Grand Rapids Township. Ed Robinette says this season is about three and a half weeks ahead of schedule; it's the earliest growing season he's seen.

"What it does is the trees are going to wake up and start to bud, and it will put us at risk of frost damage for a longer period than normal," said Robinette. "It's too early, but there's nothing we can do about it. As one grower said the other day, we're just along for the ride."

If the warm weather continues, the apple trees would bloom around April 22, moving up harvesting time. Robinette says orchard workers will have to move quicker to spray and trim the trees before then.

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