Strawberry crops survive cold snap

Strawberry farmer Eric Murrow
Strawberry farmer Eric Murrow

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The recent cold snap is one this farmer won't forget, especially when he is in the process of growing his 1,800 strawberry plants.

Eric Morrow said his crop took some bumps and bruises from the freezing temperatures, but the berries look to be okay.

"The cold weather just sets everything back. We lost our blooms and our green fruit. So now, we kind of got to start the clock back and keep going. So it will be 30 days if they start blooming today we will pick some for Valentine's Day," said Morrow.

Surprisingly, Morrow would prefer this season's cold and dry weather, instead of last year's wet and warm.

"We had the wettest December on record last year and we were super warm. And last year and we didn't do very well at all, because too much rain. The plants sit in water all the time and it's just not good for anything," said Morrow.

LSU horticulture professor David Himelrick says it takes more than just a burst of freezing temperatures to hurt the crop.

"The plants have had a good growing season. It has been cool, and they are probably behind, because we have had such cool temperatures. But when they start blooming we will have a pretty productive season," said Himelrick.

That is why he believes this year's harvest will be a good one.

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