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US: Strawberry growers hope hard freeze doesn't damage crop

Strawberry growers hope this week's hard freeze won't damage their crops. Stafford Farms owner Robbie Stafford says the temperature dipped to 24 degrees Wednesday morning at his Sumter County farm. Stafford tells The Item of Sumter he runs water over his strawberries when temperatures dip below freezing because ice can act as an insulator. Stafford says it will likely be early next week before he knows if any of his strawberries were damaged, but he is still optimistic this year's crop will be good.

This week's freeze didn't affect the state's peach crop because it's too early in the season. A freeze in early April last year seriously damaged South Carolina's peaches.


Source: wsoctv.com

Publication date: 3/6/2008


 


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