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(New Paris, OH)--Temperatures in the 60’s will continue this week with a full month of winter left.  While it’s good for outdoor enthusiasts, it’s putting the local fruit crop in jeopardy.  "Bud development starts to occur once you reach 60 degrees for several days in a row," said Ron Wesler at Wesler’s Orchard in New Paris.  Freezing overnight temperatures will kill those buds off.  "That's our fear.  Once they develop, there's no turning back," Wesler explained.  Wesler’s has had two complete crop losses to warm weather since 2000.  Another year, they lost half the crop.  "Previous to that - and we've been here since 1930 - we've never had an entire crop lost," Wesler added.  Peaches, berries and other fruits are also in jeopardy.