Cold snap could spell disaster for some NJ crops

Fruit farmers around the Garden States are trying not to panic over a cold snap that could spell disaster for their crops.

Fruit farmers around the Garden States are trying not to panic over a cold snap that could spell disaster for their crops. (4/2/16)

FREEHOLD - Fruit farmers around the Garden State are trying not to panic over a cold snap that could spell disaster for their crops.

A frost this time of year could wipe out entire crops. Cold fronts arriving in New Jersey are expected to drive the temperatures down into the low-30s and possibly the upper-20s at night over the next few days.

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for parts of the Garden State through Monday.

The farmers at Wemrock Farms in Freehold say high winds aren't usually too bad, and snow is generally OK because it can insulate. But the frost can freeze up their strawberries and destroy plant leaves -- and that could leave them berry-less when it's time to make their famous pies.

The Department of Agriculture is allowing controlled burns to keep crops warm over the next three days.

 

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