This week on Points North, how climate change is causing diseases to thrive in Michigan’s fruit crops. Plus, winemakers Up North pursue more disease-resistant grapes.
There’s more precipitation in Michigan than there was 50 years ago. This year, fruit growers have their hands full with diseases that thrive in wet conditions that may become more common as the planet warms.
Before he died, Mark Johnson from Chateau Chantal launched an effort to find grapes that are well suited for the climate in Michigan and require less chemicals to fight fungus. Vinters hope vines they brought back from Germany will do just that.
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