Frost threatens fruit crops

Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — Anxious farmers across fruit-growing regions in the Great Lakes and Northeast are keeping misters, smudge pots and even helicopters in their arsenals as a cold front approaches from Canada.

The cold overnight Monday into Tuesday morning threatens to freeze trees and vines that budded early amid record-setting warmth. At risk are wine grapes, apples, apricots, cherries, pears, peaches and possibly strawberries.

If the freeze causes damage, consumers would likely notice it on a regional scale at farm stands, farmers’ markets and other local outlets.

States in the forecast include Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and West Virginia.