Farmers say cold weather causing fruit and vegetable growth to slow down

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VERSAILLES, Ky. (WKYT) - Recent cold snaps in the Bluegrass region are slowing down the growth of some fruits and vegetables.

Eckert's-Boyd Orchard in Versailles says it is keeping a close eye on its products. Workers have put blankets over strawberries to keep them warm.

Although the orchard has yet to be directly affected, it says the weather is pushing back its harvest, as more cold temperatures are on the way.

"Once they get 28 degrees and below that's when it's critical to us because it starts to break down the cells in flowers or the blooms," general manager Megan Fields says.

Fields says the strawberries and peach trees are the two workers keep a close eye on, but they do not fear lengthy delays.

"We have worried a little bit about them being delayed just a little. We're talking 5-10 days delayed not necessarily 3 or 4 weeks delayed."

The orchard plans to open May 1 and have all of its harvest available as long as it does not get too cold.

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