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The cold weather is affecting farmer's crops

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POSTED: Friday, May 3, 2013 - 6:29pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 3, 2013 - 6:51pm

This up and down weather is causing many vegetable and fruit farmer's to panic.

The late freeze in March and the up and down weather destroyed many plants and stunted their growth.

Tyler broke a new record today with a low of 41 degrees.

This is a shock to many farmer's this late in spring.

"In all my years of doing this, I've never seen it be this cold this long. A lot of people want to start pulling squash, but the 20th of May this year it's hardly going to be before the 10th or 15th of June," said Ronny Wells owner of Wells Berry Farm.

Wells has been a blackberry and blueberry farmer for more than 20 years.

Wells says during the freeze a couple weeks ago, he lost all of his peach crop and 80% of his blueberry crop.

"I thought when we got through March, the cold weather would be over and April I thought the cold weather would be over, and now we're in May. I know it's early May but I've never seen a May like this," said Wells.  

It's the same for vegetables.

Judy Golden, sales manager at the Tomato Shed, says tomatoes are a month behind in their growth.

"The weather, going up and down like this, the plants don't know what to do. You need a consistency in there and we're not getting it right now," said Golden.
 

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