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Freezing temps put fruit farmers in a jam


Mother Nature is not making things easy for fruit farmers in the Carolinas.

According to the WBTV weather team, temperatures are expected to dip down into the 20s overnight.

Ron Edwards, with Springs Farm in Fort Mill, said his strawberry crops and peach trees are extremely vulnerable this time of year.

"Almost all of our peach trees have bloomed," Edwards told WBTV. "At this stage, frost can ruin our crop for the year."

Edwards is also keeping a close watch on his strawberry fields. The crops have been covered with a tarp. Sprinklers will also be used to prevent frost from forming.

"It's sort of an igloo effect. The water freezes then melts, then freezes then melts, and that keeps the strawberries under the tarp warm," Edwards said.

Farmers are not the only people worried about the frost.

At Lowe's home improvement, delicate flowers have been moved inside the store. A portion of the outside plants have been covered with a frost bag.

If you got an early start on your spring planting, you are encouraged to cover you plants to prevent them from suffering frost damage.

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