From the extreme heat to spring freezes - We're learning just how devastating the cold spring weather was to our area's apple crop.
Michigan's crop will be about 90% smaller than usual this year.
The Michigan Apple Committee on Thursday today growers, shippers and other industry insiders predict about 3 million bushels will be harvested. In a typical year, the state produces up to 23 million bushels.
The committee says it's the biggest apple crop loss since the 1940's.
Apple trees bloomed early because of an extraordinary heat wave in March. Then, came a series of frosts and freezes that killed most of the blossoms.
Governor Rick Snyder has requested federal disaster assistance for Michigan's fruit growers.