Growers worry frost will imperil plants, ochards

With temperatures set to dip below freezing again, apple orchard operators are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. The early warmth this year means plants are ahead of schedule -- and in danger of frost damage.
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With temperatures set to dip below freezing again, apple orchard operators are crossing their fingers and hoping for the best. The early warmth this year means plants are ahead of schedule -- and in danger of frost damage.

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