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OMAFRA: Will smoke from the wildfires affect horticultural crops?

June 14, 2023  By ONFruit

The current wildfires have been top of mind, not only raising concern about your own health and safety, but also if the smoke from the wildfires can impact horticultural crops. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a lot of research done to evaluate the impact of smoke on horticultural crops. However, the research that is available suggests that whether you are growing apples, berries, grapes, tender fruit, or a specialty crop, the smoke from wildfires may have an impact on crops.

The effect of the smoke on the crops varies considerably depending on the crop, the proximity of the crop to the fire, how thick the smoke is, the duration of the smoke, the stage of development of the crop and how much light is affected. |READ MORE


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