Winter Weather Affects Local Farmers

by Courtney Wheaton on February 18, 2014 at 6:54 am

The brutal winter weather around the state could affect local farmer’s fruit crops in the upcoming growing season.

Marvin Paul from Paul’s Farm Market on State Route 60 South says that peaches, plums, nectarines and cherries are most affected . He says that anytime the temperature dips below ten degrees, it’s a serious danger for the plants and production yields.

" As it gets colder, they say that every degree below 10 degrees that you are going to lose crops and every degree below that is 10 percent, and we had some that were below 20 degrees, so we’re not sure what we have. Hopefully we have some. If that amount that they say is correct and if they factor that all in that’s a hundred percent loss, " said Paul.

Paul says between the nutrients they add to the soil and insulation from the snow, he’s hoping that some of the roots survive the winter. Some of the other crops at their orchards are better equipped for the weather, if they can withstand attacks from deer.

"Your apples, your pears I guess the palm type of fruit with them they’ll take that, we get into problems with them too, our deer damage. When the deer are hungry they are going to try to find something to eat they just love the buds, " said Paul.

Paul says that they will be able to perform maintenance on their fruit trees and check their progress starting in early April.