Freezing Temperatures Have Negative Effects on Strawberry Crops
Published March 27th, 2013
ORANGE HEIGHTS- It hasn't been a typical growing season for strawberries, but that hasn't stopped crowds from pouring in to pick what's left of the fruit.
With 5 days of near freezing or below temperatures already recorded this month area farmers agree that it hasn't been a typical strawberry growing season.
Gainesville hasn't witnessed freezing temperatures in March since 2010, and not this cold in March since 2006.
All the snow and cold air patterns across the midwest may be to blame for the unseasonal temperatures and freezes.
Farmer, Roy Brown says, "Even though they're not hard freezes they're moderate freezes,they come at the time when they're flowering and trying to produce fruit...a critical period? a critical period."
Brown is hoping for warmer weather in the coming days so he can finally reach the peak of his strawberry harvest he's been waiting for.
He has some time though, strawberries are in season in Florida through April.
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