|Published:||Feb 18, 2013 12:01 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 18, 2013 12:50 PM EST|
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Local produce farmers surveyed their crops Monday morning, following a night of freezing temperatures.
At 31 Produce in Alva, owner Mike Greenwell was pleased to find most of them made it through without any damage.
According to Greenwell, crops on his farm like squash, green beans, and tomato suffered minor damage from the frost, while others like strawberries came through just fine.
His workers spent all day Sunday prepping for the cold, covering up what they could with tarps and bales of straw to keep frozen dew from settling on the plants.
"The temperature didn't get down as far as I thought it might, but once that ice forms and the frost gets on them, you'll have some damage even with the cover on them," Greenwell said.
What little damage his plants sustained should grow out in a couple weeks and shouldn't affect his bottom line.
The last time cold weather severely affected his crop was December 2011, when a cold snap wiped out half of the produce, Greenwell said.
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