Freezing overnight temperatures threaten local crops

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SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Freezing overnight temperatures made employees at Evans Orchard in Georgetown a little nervous about some of their crops, but by Wednesday morning they were staying positive.

Temperatures Tuesday night into Wednesday morning dipped to the low 20's in some areas, making it the coldest day this April and certainly not making it feel like spring. As a result, many flowers, plants and crops froze up.

Farmers at Evans Orchard put out heaters between 3:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., in an effort to save some early bloomers. They did see some damage from the freeze, but say it actually may have saved them some work.

"You can see where it's darkened," explains Keith Evans, the owner of Evans Orchard. "So you've got some freezing in there and that's probably going to kill it. This one's off of the lower part of the tree, so more than likely as you go up the tree you're in better shape. I think we'll be okay with those. I think it may do some natural thinning for us."

There will be a frost advisory in effect Thursday morning, but Evans says he's not too concerned about that.

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