Ny Farmers Say Cold Spring Will Mean A Heartier Harvest

03.28.13 | Sarah Harnisch

The snow may be a burden to some, but farmers across New York state aren't complaining. Ask a farmer in the business of maple syrup, apples, or cherries how they feel about a cold spring- and they say good things come to those who wait. One farmer said "we didn't have any apple crop, we didn't have any cherry crop last year, and there were no peaches, either, because of the warmup then the deep freeze."

The Cornell Cooperative Extension estimates the first green tip on trees will happen in New York state on April 16th, meaning apple trees won't blossom till the first week of May. They say this year is more normal then abnormal.

The maple syrup harvest will be good to the last drop this year; the short warm ups and short cold snaps are just what keeps the sap flowing. And apples, peaches and cherries will fare better because the branches had a chance to rest with the freeze last year.