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FROM BEFORE BLOOM THROUGH HARVEST AT SAYLOR ORCHARD   CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE

In 2007 we had the only total loss we have ever had since the beginning of the orchard in 1963.  We had a week of below freezing weather and one day the high was only 26. The trees were almost full bloom.

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The irrigation system is designed to protect trees in full bloom down to 19 degrees with little or no damage when there is no wind blowing.  Ten MPH wind is the break even point where you get no protection, above 10 MPH and you get more damage than if you didn't have it.  When the water is pumped out of the lake is it above freezing, most of the time it is about 42 degrees.  The freezing process releases the heat that is in the water.  With 42 degree water there is 10 degrees of heat being released during the freezing process.

Winter at Saylor Orchard and Mitchell County where we are located

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This is the view from our home and roadside stand