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Apple crop good thanks to cold winter

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RACINE (WKOW) -- The extremely cold winter was good news for at least one crop in Wisconsin.

A good growing season is ahead for fruit trees, which do better if it's cold enough for them to grow dormant in the winter.

Dave Flannery, who owns Apple Holler in Racine, tells WISN-TV the later spring arrives, the better.

"It's going to be a late bloom, which is good, because the average day of our last frost in this area is usually about Mother's Day so if we get pushed beyond a bloom beyond Mother's Day we're really into a safety zone there, where the chances of us losing  that bloom and that apple crop are greatly diminished," says Flannery.

The trees also benefited from all the snow that fell because a good cover before a deep freeze helps protect roots from damage.

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