We're accumulating significant chilling hours now here in the Northeast
with daily temps in the mid-30's to 40's. I expect rest has been achieved
for peaches and some apples, and significantly warm weather could result in
bud movement. In fact, the Feb-Mar-Apr period is expected to be above
normal in temperature according to NOAA/NWS, however, I been hearing
rumblings from the weather fanboys on the internet about a pattern change
and significant cold for Feb-Mar. Who do you believe? And what difference
does it make?

:-)

On Sat, Jan 21, 2017 at 3:50 PM, Dennis Norton <
dmnor...@royaloakfarmorchard.com> wrote:

> Art, here in northern Illinois, we reached 55 today.  Here I was getting a
> little concerned about the over accumulation of chill hours since we were
> reaching around 640 since November 1, 2016.  Then I ran a comparison report
> for the same time period for 2015/16 and at this time last year we were at
> 740!!  In 2015 we had a very warm December, hitting near 60 on the 24th,
> which I had forgotten about.  Looks like there's not to much to be
> concerned about this year unless this warm spell stretched out for several
> weeks and we reach the chill requirement for some varieties. Could be a
> colder February or March to make up for it like last year.  We had a later
> spring last year by about two weeks.
>
> Dennis Norton
> IPM Specialist/Certified Nurseryman
> Royal Oak Farm Orchard
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> Harvard, IL 60033-9357
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>
> On 1/21/2017 12:37 PM, kellyorchards wrote:
>
> It seems we have skipped right to March.
>
>
>
>
> Art Kelly
> Kelly Orchards
> Acton, Maine
>
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Jon Clements
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University of Massachusetts Amherst Extension
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