Upstate farmers prep for the cold weather - FOX Carolina 21

Upstate farmers prep for the cold weather

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Farmers are making preparations as the temperatures are expected to creep into the 20s, threatening peaches, strawberries and apples in the Upstate and Western North Carolina.

Some farms are worrying tonight that the chill could kill their crops altogether, so they're taking extra steps to keep them safe. "We've been watching the weather almost every hour and just trying to get an idea. We've basically got three main crops we have to protect right now," said Andy Callaham, whose family owns Callaham Orchards in Belton.

He said the three main crops he has to worry about are the tomatoes, the strawberries and the peaches. Callaham said the tomatoes and the strawberries can be covered with blankets as they wait for the cold temperatures.

"Each blanket gives us eight to 12 degrees of protection, and so we're going to put two blankets on both the tomatoes and strawberries. That'll help protect those. With the peaches, we're pretty much at the mercy of mother nature," said Callaham.

But for now, the peaches are hardy and growing as they should.

Callaham said, "If the frost and the cold weather doesn't thin some of the peaches, come the first week of May, we'll have to knock 80 percent of this fruit off."

Callaham said if the temperatures stay in the low 30s it can actually help the peaches because it will thin out the flowers. But for now he's just waiting to see what happens in the morning.

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