Farmers Preparing For Overnight Freeze

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

This is usually about the time of the year when we have the first major freeze but farmers say this year, they wish it could have held off a little bit longer.

This year has been full of obstacles for local farmers. First a late spring freeze, then a long summer drought, and now just as farmers are making headway, a fall freeze could do them in again.

"The crop was just starting to put out good, starting to grow good, we fertilized everything it was just going and that frozen and pretty much killed us back," said Farmer Jeff Gibson.

With crop and cattle on his farm in Somerset, Gibson says he plans to do what he can to survive in a year that many farmers would like to forget. By years end, many farmers say prices are likely to climb forcing many people to buy crops before the price goes up and it appears it won't get any easier for farmers to get their crop out with the freeze. The National Weather Service in Jackson says the sub-freezing conditions will likely kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

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