Late freeze could harm Oklahoma crops

A statewide freeze this week could prove disastrous to Oklahoma crops such as wheat and peaches, farmers say.
by Brianna Bailey Published: April 11, 2013

“There is great concern in the state right now on how this will affect the Oklahoma wheat crop, but it's nothing new,” he said.

Peach growers in Stratford were also keeping a watchful eye on the temperature Wednesday night.

A freeze two weeks ago took out about one-fourth of the blooms on the 1,200 trees at Sonrise Peach Farms just north of Stratford.

Owner Rene Scott built bonfires from bales of hay and brush beneath the trees to boost the air temperatures and protect the fragile blooms and was planning on doing the same on Wednesday night if the temperatures dipped too low.

Weather forecasts predicted the temperature would dip to 30 in the Stratford area, which could be devastating for this year's peach crop, said Susan Bergen, owner of Peach Crest Farms in Stratford.

“As long as we don't dip to 30, we will be fine. But 30 would be catastrophic,” Bergen said. “We will know in a few days what happens.”

by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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