After two years of harsh winters have taken their toll on Michigan vineyards, this year’s warmer weather is being seen as a blessing.
That’s according to Justin Leshinskey, Director of Sales for Bowers Harbor Vineyards in Traverse City.
Leshinskey said he couldn’t have asked for better conditions for their vineyard’s silver anniversary.
“We’re hoping for a wonderful year this year, in fact this year is going to be our 25th anniversary. We’re hoping, if mother nature and the farming Gods allow, that we’ll have the best 25th harvest that we can.”
This year he expects the best yield he’s had in years.
“It’s been warmer, like I said the bay hasn’t frozen over, we’ve had some great snow, and that’s insulated the vines. Also too, ya know, the vines, after not really producing a lot of fruit the last few years, they’ve got a lot of energy stored up. They’re ready to do their job as long as mother nature allows them to.”
Leshinskey said Michigan is the 4th largest producer of grapes in the nation.
Leshinskey said although it’s been warm, it hasn’t been warm enough for the vines to wake up just yet.
Due to that, he’s not afraid of a late winter frost damaging the crop.
The same warm weather that allowed the Michigan Sugar Company to take in a record-breaking harvest may be threatening those same beets, as they sit in storage, awaiting processing.
Ray Van Driessche is the director of community and government relations for Michigan Sugar Company. He said the size of the yield was unbelievable.
Imagine 33 million Christmas trees. That’s how many holiday trees were brought home just last year in the United States according to the National Christmas Tree Association.
Marcia Gray, Executive Director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association, said Christmas trees are actually considered one of Michigan’s cash crops!
“Well, first of all, Michigan is the third largest producer of Christmas trees in the U.S. This holiday season we’re going to estimate that we harvest 2 to 2-and-a-half million trees. About 3-quarters of those trees leave Michigan. Our trees are going elsewhere and bringing dollars back.”
Gray said she expects the tree industry to bring in roughly 40-million dollars to the state this year, and that’s at wholesale price.
She also said the agriculture industry is much more influential on Michigan’s economy than people give it credit for.
For more information on the Michigan Christmas tree business visit this website.
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