|Published:||Dec 07, 2010 7:26 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 07, 2010 4:26 PM EST|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.-- Workers at the Oakes Organic Farm in Collier County are breathing a sigh of relief after finding the cold temperatures did not damage their crops.
Crews worked around the clock to cover the plethora of strawberries, oranges and peppers on Monday.
Owner Frank Oakes says they were prepared with frost cloths and irrigation, so despite temperatures falling to 30 degrees for half an hour at one point overnight, their crops were not damaged.
He says he's surprised by just how early this first snap of bitter cold came through.
Farmers say it hasn't been this cold in Southwest Florida this early in December in over 30 years.
Oakes says he may have to change the way he plants his crops if the weather cycle continues like this.
Usually, if he has his crops harvested by the end of December, everything will survive. But now he's worried he'll have to worry about 11 weeks of possible freezing weather instead of the typical eight (mostly seen in January and February).
Temperatures are expected to fall again overnight, with freeze watches and warnings planned for the early morning hours Wednesday.
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