Fall in Finland, MN has been changing. Gradually each year, the warm days have been lasting longer into October. This year has proven to fit the mold. It was 80 degrees on October 11th. This has thrown the raspberries on the Ridge out of whack.
On Tuesday, October 13th, we were wandering around and noticed that the first-year raspberry canes had begun to re-bud, as if they were in their second year of growth. Raspberries send up a cane their first season, but do not fruit. It is not until the second season of their life that they produce flowers and thus berries.
These warm falls, with sporadic cold snaps, seem to be influencing the growth of various plants and triggering them to believe that winter has lapsed, and spring has arrived again. This causes the plants to begin flower, bud, and leaf out in the late days of autumn.
Could this be a direct side effect of our changing global climate?
By Elizabeth Gerrits and Emily Richey