December temperatures affect local Florida fruit picking patterns

Some central Florida farmers are changing the way they are managing their fields due to higher than usual temperatures in December. The warm December we have been experiencing won't ruin crops in central Florida, however farmers say if the warmth continues in to January it could change the kinds of strawberries and other fruit you get at the store.

Matt Parke from Parkesdale Farms did this as well, to adapt to the weather. "And if we get to Christmas and we get that cold snap that they are predicting, then I'll go back to a three-day pick." Parke says his family has been farming strawberries since 1956 and they've seen all kinds of fluctuations in temperatures, both warm and cold, during the growing season. He added that it's too early to be worried about anything, and are optimistic a cooler weather pattern will come in time for the final weeks of the main growing season in January and February.


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