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Farmer Freeze Concerns

Updated: Thursday, March 21 2013, 08:46 AM EDT

The freeze this late in March can cause trouble for local farmers, but fruit growers in the Mountains actually welcomed the cold night.

This time last year we saw several days of 80 degree weather.  So when the freeze came it damaged the already budding trees.  It cost growers 60% of their crops.

This morning, Henderson County Cooperative Extension Director, Marvin Owing says the trees are still in the dormant phase and the cold weather actually gives the growers some insurance. 

It will keep the trees dormant a little longer.  That will offer protection in case of an early spring frost.

Owings says at this point growers are expecting a great crop this year.

By Victoria Dunkle
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Farmer Freeze Concerns

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