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Florida sweet corn growers concerned about cold snap

Local farmers and growers from Florida are being very vigilant today. Everyone is watching the weather forecasts; helicopters are on standby to help prevent frost damage to crops. "We'll just be flying over the crops, stopping the frost from forming on the top," said one of the pilots.

They can fly 10 to 20 feet above the sweet corn or green beans to help push warmer air downward. A farm manager with U.S. Sugar Corporation is keeping a close eye on his sweet corn fields east of Belle Glade, Florida. If the temperature dips below 32 degrees, it could mean trouble. "We pray and cross our fingers and do anything we can to help but in the end, it's up to Mother Nature.”

Cbs12.com was told how extra water is being pumped into canals to filter into the sweet corn fields and raise the temperature just enough to protect the plants. Sometimes, one or two degrees is all it takes to keep frost from forming on the sweet corn.


Publication date: 1/5/2018


 


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