MSU hosts Enviro-weather, an Internet resource with weather data for pest management and other crop production practices. Enviro-weather maintains weather stations collecting data in Michigan where most cherries are grown. Data from MSU’s Enviro-weather stations can aid decision-making as you note conditions at your orchard’s site. From the Enviro-weather home page, select the station nearest you to get hourly updates and daily summaries about air and soil temperatures, leaf wetness, precipitation, wind speed and growing degree day accumulations. Models for disease development and planning insect management can help you deal with pest challenges including plum curculio and cherry leaf spot.
Assessing the impact of freeze and other cold hardiness issues: