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Cold temperatures needed for crops

The cold weather is good for strawberries. The cold weather is good for strawberries.
Mark Daniel, Mark's Melon Patch owner Mark Daniel, Mark's Melon Patch owner
DAWSON, GA (WALB) -

Just a few days ago, Mark Daniel, owner of Marks Melon Patch, was still picking green peanuts and tomatoes. Now, hes ready for his next set of crops and needs the cooler temperatures.


It's just a lot better than being eighty degrees during the day. It just gets things out of whack and you need normal temperatures for this time of year, Daniel says.

Colder temperatures are needed this time of year for a number of reasons, including bud formation and insect control. Daniel says that most of the season's crops, like strawberries and peaches, need chill hours below forty degrees.

If crops do not receive the proper amount of chill hours, it's possible that they will not bear fruit. So, Daniel hopes that the cold weather pattern will continue throughout the next few weeks.

He says, "It's just that if it stays cold now and gets hot say the first of February for a month and we have a hard freeze in March, that's devastating
…”

As of now, Daniel hopes that the warm weather will stay away for quite some time.

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