[NAFEX] Damage

Lucky Pittman lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu
Sat Apr 7 18:02:41 EDT 2007

Cold and windy today; a half inch of ice over the puddles in the 
driveway this morning.
Taking a walk through the orchard & nursery beds this afternoon - 
fruits on all the pears, plums, peaches are black & mushy.  Blooms on 
the apples, cherries, and blueberries are already browning.  Foliage 
on the pears and apples seems to be OK, at present. Leaves, blooms, 
and about 4" of new growth on the mulberries is blackened and 
mushy.  Heartnuts and Carpathian walnuts were pushing leaves and 
catkins, but that's all black and limp now, as are the hardy kiwis, 
which were fully leafed.
Most of the grafted pecans, black walnuts, and hickories had not yet 
fully unfurled their buds, but many of the seedling pecans are 
sporting frozen leaves in the half-opened state.  A few of the 
Southern pecans had catkins and well developed leaves -  but no more.
Most of the established American persimmons were leafing out, those 
I'd moved during the winter are still dormant, but those with leaves 
are fried.  Don't recall what the kakis looked like, though I don't 
think they were as far along with leafing out as were the virginianas.
Many of the oaks were leafing out and/or blooming - and all that is 
toast; I had some bur oak seedlings in the nursery beds which had 8+ 
inches of new growth on them already.
Only shot at fruit that I can see this year is if the mulberries 
re-bloom.  There may be a few late-blooming apples that might make it 
through to set some fruit.
I *might* luck out and get some pecans/hickories and black walnuts.

Lucky Pittman
USDA Cold Zone 6
AHS Heat Zone 7
Hopkinsville, KY

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