Local farmers prepare for weekend cold

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla – Farmers in Southwest Florida are preparing for a cold snap this weekend.

At Farmer Mike’s U Pick in Bonita Springs, there are a variety of crops including strawberries.

Farmer Mike says strawberries aren’t his biggest concern – they enjoy the cold weather.

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Parts of Florida use overhead irrigation – a process that protects the fruit by forming a layer of snow and ice that surrounds the strawberries and blooms.

The ice kept the temperature at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Farmer mike hoped they could make it through.

He said his biggest concern right now is with other crops such as cantaloupe, watermelon, tomatoes, squash, eggplant and peppers. They can only handle 32 degrees for about an hour or two.

It can be extremely detrimental depending on how cold it is – he says a difference between 30 and 34 degrees can completely wipe out a crop.

https://nbc-2.com/news/local/2022/01/28/local-farmers-prepare-for-weekend-cold-snap/ Local farmers prepare for weekend cold

Tom Vazquez

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