Sunshine and warmer temps welcome news at local orchard

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HOLLAND (WTVG) - Spring certainly got off to a wet and chilly start, but we're starting to turn a corner.

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At. MacQueen Orchards in Holland, the owners say they can't remember a spring this wet in the last 10-15 years. The sunshine and warmer temperatures that arrived Tuesday are helpful on a number of levels.

Right now it is the middle of pollination season. Hundreds of thousands of bees have been brought in to pollinate the trees. but that got off to a slow start because of the weather. The bees were pollinating in full force today.

The rain has also delayed planting at the orchard. Jeff MacQueen says they still have a couple thousand trees to plant. He says that is usually done in April, but it will likely be 4-5 more days before that's finished.

In spite of the wet spring, the MacQueen family expects to have a good harvest later this year.