[NAFEX] Tennessee damage

Mark & Helen Angermayer hangermayer at isp.com
Tue Apr 10 12:13:44 EDT 2007


I'm surprised your blackberries came through it.  Although ours haven't bloomed  yet, the foliage is pretty much dead.  I don't expect them to bloom.  Strawberries decimated.  I should have covered them, but I got out there with a tarp to cover some fruit trees, the wind was whipping so, that  I got disgusted and gave up.  The lowest it ended up getting here was 18.5F.  As bad as it was for us, I really don't think it will affect the national fruit harvest much.  From those reporting on our list-serv, the effects seem to be more the lower east and lower Midwest.  While devastating (again zero fruit here) we all know most fruit is grown out west or up north.

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Donna 
  To: North American Fruit Explorers 
  Sent: Monday, April 09, 2007 12:02 PM
  Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Tennessee damage


  "BTW, most of our fruit is on a southern slope at 1800'."

  How low is the valley below?  Is this the sort of "Banana belt" as they call it in Oregon where you are up on a hillside and the warm air rises to cover you while the cold stuff rolls down to the valley below?  I thought that our slope and stream leading to a large lake would help protect us, but it seems that we are on the east side of the lake so the cold stuff settles down and then creeps up our streambed.  That's what I suspect anyway, but it does sound like something protects your spot.    

  Our gooseberries and currants look fine, as do the blackberries, raspberries, figs, mulberries, juneberries (Amelanchier) in full bloom" 

  We have one gooseberry that I've never done much for, maybe I should.  I have heard that currants don't like heat and are prone to disease here.  If you say otherwise, I might want to invest in some.  Blackberries and elderberries look fine here too.  Mulberries wiped out in full bloom.  Juneberries tend to produce crops of bright orange rust here.  Figs, they insist on freezing to the ground and then never crop on new wood for us.  I'm on my second one.  Even the figs we took to town, the one in a basement looks dead and the little one covered with leaves between houses with trees overhead, it looks battered.  The secretary at work kept bringing in figs all through late summer last year, I may have to go look at her yard and find where she fits in a topo map.  I don't know what the deal is on figs, they don't work for me.    
      I think that Lucky, a bit further west and north, and Hector, 30 miles north, are reporting lower temps than we had.  Maybe you had slightly higher temps over there to the east so far.  Donna 


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