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by Amanda McWhirt, Horticulture Specialist; Ryan Neal, County Agent Benton County; Colin
Massey, County Agent Benton County; Clyde Fenton, County Agent Sebastian County; Herb
Ginn, County Agent Crawford County; Sherri Sanders, County Agent White County; Jesse
Taylor, County Agent Franklin County; Mike McClintock, County Agent Boone County;
Austin Haines, Southwest REC - April 23, 2021
So far there have been two historic cold weather events in 2021. The first was the
arctic air event during the week of February 14th, 2021 where low temperatures of 0° F to -20° F occurred on Feb 16th. After the February event we observed some losses to peaches, blueberry and blackberry
crops across the state. Unfortunately crops whose floral buds survived the February
freeze, were then blooming or setting small fruit during our recent April 20th-21st freeze event when temperatures dipped below freezing and into the mid to low 20s.
*Data from NOAA weather stations and local weather stations
Over the last few days,we have gone out and assessed buds, blooms and fruit for symptoms of cold injury in
several locations in the state. Common symptoms of cold injury are dark spots in the
center of buds, new shoots turning black or wilting and softening or darkening of
The full extent of the cold damage will not be known for several weeks. Possible symptoms
of cold injury can include: