The coming cold weather is creating nightmares for local farmers

We may be in the last week of April, but winter isn’t over yet. It is a nightmare for local farmers.

We spoke with local farmers about the damage this cold snap could have on their crops.

We stopped at Mason Farms in Fairview where the cold caused damage to their crops of strawberries, grapes and corn.

Many people have enjoyed the last two days of warm weather except for local farmers.

“Even though everyone liked the weather, it is forcing the buds of the vine. So a few days before that you could barely see the pimple. It was swollen, but you could barely see it. Now I’ve seen some that have opened up a bit. So they are vulnerable if it drops below 32 it could hurt them,” said John Mason, owner of Mason Farms.

Mason wishes the last two days were in the 40s and not the 70s.

“Because when it’s 70 degrees, these perennials are all ready to grow. They think it’s spring, so the second they get enough warmth to go with their energy, they’re ready to start moving,” Mason said.

What do people need to know about protecting their plants from frost and frost?

“Almost everything that has been in the ground in the meantime should be fine on its own. Nature has its way of only blooming when it’s ready to bloom,” said Shelly Kupfer, Gerlach Garden and Flower Manager. .

This includes tulips and daffodils. Some more sensitive plants need to be covered.

“You can also go out in the early hours of the morning, around four in the morning, water the plants and wash off the frost before the sun comes up,” Kupfer said.

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Kupfer adds that if the plant is small enough to bring indoors, you should bring it indoors. If it is too big to move, you should cover the plant with a sheet or sheet.