Recent Cold Looks Like It Will Delay Strawberry Crop In The East

With overnight lows dropping into the 30's this week, local farmers are concerned for their crops.

At Strawberries on 903 in Pitt County, farmer Steve McLawhorn covered his crops with cloth tarps that protect the berries from extreme temperatures.

He says that his plants made it through O.K. and should still produce an excellent crop, but many other farmers west of our area are having a much harder time because temperatures fell below freezing.

Because temperatures in our area never got below freezing, the blossoms are still producing.

McLawhorn says the only harm done is that we might have to wait a little longer than normal to enjoy them. "It's going to be maybe another two weeks before a lot of berries ripe. It's an excellent crop, everything is just going to be delayed a little bit."

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