Polar Vortex Impact on Michigan Peaches

Michigan-grown peaches will be hard to find for the next several years due to the polar vortex at the end of January. The frigid temperatures destroyed most of the crop in southwest Michigan, and also caused a lot of damage to peach trees in the Grand Rapids area where Todd Quick estimates he’s lost 500 trees, which is about a quarter of his crop. Michigan State University Extension tree fruit specialist Bill Shane says two-thirds of the state’s crop was wiped out, and adds prices will be quite high for a few years due to the shortage.