Tattnall County, Georgia

Local US farmers watching out for next cold wave

Bland Farms in Georgia’s Tattnall County has been in the farming business for nearly 70 years. They know there's not a lot they can do about the weather. But as yet another round of cold weather is heading their way, it's no surprise farmers are keeping a close eye on things.

Because of the snowfall and cold temperatures two weeks ago, Bland Farms’ onion crop suffered some minor damage. "We had four or five days where that snow never melted," said Troy Bland, COO of Bland Farms. "It has to get above above 50 degrees really to melt that snow off and get it out of the way. We had four or five days of 24 degree nights; that really is what stunted the growth of this crop."

On a positive note, however, the crop has appeared to bounce back in good shape. "We're very encouraged with what we're seeing so far with the onions coming out of that cold," explained Bland. "It's been a week and a half now, they're starting to perk back up."

A wjcl.com article explains that while Bland Farms came out of the cold spell a couple of weeks ago in relatively good shape, even though there is more cold weather on the way, they're not quite as concerned about this go round. "If we're in the 20's, we're okay, that's not going to freeze the ground as bad, "added Bland. "We're really looking to see how warm we can get the next day to let everything warm back up."

And believe it or not, the cold weather can actually be good for this onion crop. "That little bit of cold helps them to have a better flavor profile when they do get to the consumer," explained Bland.

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