Hurricane Recovery

Fruit

Crop loss and defoliation:   Depending on the timing of storms, healthy well managed trees that lose 50% of their leaves will likely recover and suffer little additional yield loss or long term damage.   In cases where there was little damage to roots and good irrigation practices were re-established, these trees will rapidly flush out new leaves before the cooler months. It is too early to tell if there will be any effects on cold hardiness, flower induction or next year’s bloom

Fruit removal: If many roots are damaged and leaves have been lost, harvesting the remaining crop may decrease demands and reduce stress on recovering trees.  For heavy bearing varieties such as Sunburst, this may be especially important unless significant drop has already occurred. Windscar, Sandblast, other fungal propagules and blemishes may affect the market for fresh fruit.

Fallen fruit

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