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Farmers try to save crops during cool spring

May 10, 2017 06:14 AM

You'll feel that chill the moment you step outside Wednesday morning. Whenever it gets this cool in spring, farmers worry. One local farmer is using a unique tool to protect his crops.

The Frostbuster is being used at Whittier Farms. The machine shoots out heat and raises the temperature a few degrees. This is their best bet to save the apple and cherry blooms.

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“In 2012 that happened to us, we lost all the crops,” says Jermaine Douglas, manager at Whittier Farms. “We didn't have anything at all to sell. With a frostbuster machine, that helps us to gain 95 percent back of the crop. So that's the biggest thing right now, saving the crop."

“This year the apple bloom is early,” says Ray Russell, owner of Whittier Farms. “That makes it scarier because earlier in the season, the chances are better for freezing temperatures."

Depending on how the weather affects the crops, it could affect prices and your pocketbook as well.

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Chris Horvatits

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