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Michigan crops in the cold

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) The temperatures may be warming up, but theres still a lot of snow on the ground and that got us thinking about spring planting.

Will the frozen ground push back Michigans growing season? Newschannel 3s Cyndi Kahlbaum spoke with farmers on Friday who say its really a waiting game.

The folks at Gull Meadow Farms agree that it was a harsh winter, but for farmers its also been unproductive.

We havent been able to go out and trim our trees, said Justin Wendzel, manager at Gull Meadow Farms, a lot of times when you are trimming the trees its done in the winter when the trees are dormant. We just havent been able to get out there.

Wendzel says the silver lining to all the snow is that its been on the ground for so long.

The frost line is actually very minimal out in the orchard, said Wendzel. In the fields we wont have very much damage just because the snow is an awesome insulator.

Wendzel says some of the big crops in West Michigan are sweet cherries, apples and peaches. He also knows of at least one farmer in Muskegon who is bracing for a hit because of the brutal cold.

Hes really expecting some damage at the very least, up to potentially some significant damage on peach trees, said Wendzel.

The temperatures over the next couple weeks will be crucial to the future of crops across West Michigan.

If we pull out of this relatively soon, you might not really see much difference in the delay in the crop, said Wendzel, but if it pulls out of this gradually and never really warms up for quite some time then I think all the crops will be pushed back.

It is certainly too early to predict the outcome of Michigan crops, so well make sure to keep you posted on their progress over the next couple months.