Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Breaking News

February 8, 2013

DIRT ON GARDENING: Will spring arrive early? Maybe yes, maybe no

According to Punxsutawney Phil we’re going to have an early spring, and that makes me somewhat happy. One surely wouldn’t know it from the likes of the freezing temperatures outside at this moment.

JUST RETURNING from Phoenix, Ariz., where temperatures were in the 70s when leaving, left me somewhat in shock while retrieving my snow and ice-laden vehicle in 14 degree temps in a light jacket at the airport then driving home on the U.S. 20 bypass in extremely nasty weather. (Why did I leave Arizona?).

It’s been a roller-coaster ride so far this winter with highs in the 50s and lows in the single digits with 30-degree swings in a 24-hour period. The much-too-early spring could happen again like it did last year, although I hope not — an early spring may put a smile on your face but it can render disaster to fruit and vegetable farmers.

These topsy-turvy weather patterns cause significant damage to our local fruit and vegetable industry with total destruction of fruit crops in some cases, as it did last year.  

WEATHER PATTERNS very widely in a 100-mile radius, so growers are always on the watch for freezes. Some precautionary measures are available but it’s always worrisome that it will not be enough. These fruit growers, understanding the delicate balance of temperatures from bud to maturity in different growing areas, will sometimes “help” growers that have been hurt by unusual weather circumstances by offering tons of their own crops to tide the grower over for the season. I’ve seen it happen several times over a 15-year period where the large peach farmer I frequented had to rely on this “help” from a grower farther north whose crops were not affected. Thank goodness for this cooperation between growers.

Text Only
Breaking News
  • Police & Rescue News LaGrange County police advise avoiding Ind. 5 and C.R. 400 South

    HONEYVILLE -- LaGrange County police are cautioning motorists to stay away from the intersection of Ind. 5 and C.R. 400 South due to a traffic accident.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News Person injured in fall at Goshen business

    Someone has been injured in a fall at Hoosier Interior Doors along Goshen’s East Lincoln Avenue.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Press Release 04-23-2014 J.jpg SLIDESHOW: Police need help ID'ing suspects The Goshen Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying suspects wanted for questioning in relation to a number of thefts from retail stores throughout Indiana. The four individuals have stolen over $25,000 worth of merchandise, according to law enforcement. The men are believed to be African-American and have been seen fleeing in a white Dodge Ram or another white pickup truck with a white cap which may have Florida license plates. Anyone with information is asked to call the Goshen Police Department at 574-533-8661 or Michiana CrimeStoppers at 800-342-STOP.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michigan Prisoner Escape Michigan murderer arraigned in prison escape that led to manhunt in Elkhart, LaGrange counties

    IONIA, Mich. — A convicted murderer who broke out of a western Michigan prison in February has been arraigned on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEMA OKs aid for 19 Indiana counties hit by storm

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster aid for 19 Indiana counties

    April 22, 2014

  • NWS GN140421 jobless rate Elkhart County jobless rate drops to 5.8 percent

    Elkhart County’s jobless rate dropped below 6 percent last month, according to figures released today by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
    The March unemployment rate for the county was estimated at 5.8 percent, compared to the February estimate of 6.2 percent and the March 2013 figure of 8.3 percent.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News Bristol motorcyclist dies from crash injuries

    Dale Greensides, 32, Bristol, the driver of a motorcycle involved in a crash with an automobile Sunday north of Middlebury, died today at 11:25 a.m.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News No injuries in Concord Township fire

    Firefighters were called to a basement fire in a Concord Township home shortly after midnight today.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News Bristol bank robbery suspect arrested

    A South Bend man has been arrested in connection with a bank robbery last year in Bristol.
    Zamale E. Davis, 19, 1805 Chapin St., was arrested at 7:10 a.m. Friday in South Bend by officers with the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police & Rescue News Six injured in crash northwest of Wakarusa

    A two-vehicle crash injured six people north of Wakarusa Tuesday.
    The mishap occurred around 7:20 a.m. at the intersection of C.R.s 1 and 26.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video
Poll

There has been discussion at West Goshen Elementary School to require mandatory student uniforms in the future. How do you feel about the prospect of mandatory student uniforms in a public school environment?

I think it’s an excellent idea that is way overdue
I think it’s a bad idea and would be restrictive for students and parents.
     View Results