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Crops Adapting To Changing Temps

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If the recent, frigid temperatures have you worried about the fresh producer you crave in the grocery store, Springs Farm in Fort Mill says you won’t have to worry about their crops.

The Peach Stand, a landmark in Fort Mill, is known for their peaches and strawberries. In fact, people wait all year long for their berries at their annual Strawberry Festival. They made sure to keep them safe from the sub-freezing temperatures.

“We’re good in the thirties and forties but when it drops into the high teens, we got to get some cover on them,” said Springs Farm manager Ron Edwards.

Edwards says it’s better to have consistently cold temperatures where they can continue to keep crops covered, rather than fluctuating temperatures. Even though this winter has been colder than usual, they were prepared. They covered their crops thin white sheets, allowing for the heat from the ground to stay on the plants.

On days like today, where it warms up, the pull them off.

“We let these plants have some fresh air and a little bit of sunshine,” said Edwards. “We just watch the weather and reach to whatever the weather is doing.”

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