Temperature swings throw ‘curveball’ at SW Oregon tree fruit (Capital Press)

Temperature swings throw ‘curveball’ at SW Oregon tree fruit (Capital Press)
“Mother Nature threw us a real curveball this year with some beautiful days in January and February and then the stone fruits got hammered by several mid- to upper 20-degree days,” said Steve Renquist, the Oregon State Extension horticulturalist for Douglas County. “The cold damages the ovary on the flower and then the ovary is not receptive to being pollinated and it dies.”