Ga. farmers worry over unseasonably warm temps

Associated Press - February 26, 2011 12:44 PM ET

ALTO, Ga. (AP) - Unseasonably warm winter temperatures could mean trouble for Georgia farmers.

Alto farmer Drew Echols says his strawberries have begun to bloom and his peach buds are swelling early. He worries those crops won't be able to handle freezing temperatures that are likely to come before winter's end.

State climatologist David Stooksbury tells The Times in Gainesville that a killing freeze is almost guaranteed before warmer temperatures come to stay. He says it only takes one night of freezing temperatures to set things back.

Echols subscribes to agricultural weather reports and has thermometers placed around his farm. He says he'd like to see temperatures drop. As long as the peaches haven't blossomed, he says they'll be safe in the cold.

Information from: The Times,

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