SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Michigan apple farmers are hopeful their crop will turn out better this year, after a devastating season last year.
At this time in 2012, the apple season was running a month ahead of schedule, because of the unusually warm winter.
"[The] buds were swelling up, things were starting to break," recalls Jim May of May Farms.
Everything went downhill from there. Subsequent frost destroyed nearly 90 percent of the state's apple crop.
Fast forward to March 2013, and snow still covers May's orchard. The only things breaking are tree branches being trimmed.
May says he could use more snow and water, but he's just happy to have the little snow covering the ground.
"A year ago we were on pins and needles, worrying about what was going to happen, and the inevitable did happen," he says.