Spring came early in Michigan three years ago — very early — and fruit crops were later wiped out by frost. That has some researchers in Lansing asking if there's a way to delay the spring bloom in a warm year.
It's no secret what cause a cherry or apple blossom to come out in the spring — warmth. So if you want to slow down that process you just spray cold water on the tree.
Spring of 2012 came quite early in Michigan and fruit crops were wiped out by frost. That event spurred some researchers in Lansing to ask if there’s a way to delay the spring bloom in a warm year. There is a way and with new technology it might even be affordable for fruit growers.
It’s no secret what causes a cherry or apple blossom to come out in the spring: heat. So if you want to delay that event, you spray cold water on the tree.
Artisan cheesemaking is on the rise in Michigan, though it’s not an easy business to get into. The number of small, independent cheese producers in Michigan is expected to nearly double in the near future.
Sue Kurta is among those leading the way. As she stirs the curdling milk that will become Swiss cheese, you can see the colorful tattoos that cover her arms. They’re pictures of pineapples, a cruise ship and other upbeat things.
“It stirs for quite a long time like this and if you don’t give it a toss, it can mat together,” Kurta says.