|February 6, 2009||Posted by erin under Agriculture, Farms|
I am very vocal and passionate about my hatred for the cold. I know I’m not going to get much sympathy from the rest of the country but I feel completely justified complaining that it felt like 17 degrees this morning walking into our lovely Mayo building.
For Florida farmers the cold isn’t an inconvenience, it can mean the loss of hundreds, thousands or even millions of dollars worth of production. This week’s unusually cold temperatures had our entire industry on alert.
Farmers usually know for several days in advance that temperatures are going to reach a critical point. To protect vulnerable crops, farmers exploit some simple concepts to keep plants warm and minimize freeze damage. One of the most visually impressive (see below) is spraying crops with water to create a protective layer of ice.
A big thank you to Cindy Suszko, Sr. Market Manager of the Plant City Farmers’ Market, for the great photos!