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Arkansas, USA

US fruit farmers preparing for more cold weather

The National Weather Service estimates a low temperature of just below 0oC this Sunday, in northwest Arkansas. That means Arkansas fruit growers are preparing for another round of freezing temperatures this weekend.

A Washington County fruit producer told he lost about $4,500 worth of Asian pears because of cold temperatures last week. He said the fruit is hard to protect when temperatures drop.

Fruit producer Rex Barnhill says he's preparing for the weekend weather by pumping his strawberries with groundwater and covering them with blankets. The blankets will hold the heat in, resulting in up to 6-degrees of warmer air temperature.

Barnhill said his plants' survival depends on how long the temperatures stay below freezing.

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