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Blueberry farmers fear they will lose their crop to freezing weather

LEE CO., GA (WALB) -

Some South Georgia blueberry growers said  they'll lose some of their crop because of the freezing weather.

Joedy Putnal grows two kinds of blueberries at his Busy Elves Christmas Tree Farm in Lee County.

He says his 30 early variety bushes won't survive the deep freeze.

Most of his crop is "rabbiteye" blueberries which he said will be safe because they don't start blooming till March.

"You've got to have a really good overheard system and you've got to put ice on those berries a certain time and then you have to thaw them out at a certain time and I live in town and can't do that.I experimented on that part but I only have 30 of those plants,” said Joedy Putnual, owner.

Some blueberry farmers are spraying their crop with water tonight.

The ice that forms will actually protect the buds by keeping them from too cold, but Putnal said he doesn't have the sprinkler setup required to do that.

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