Strawberry farmers take steps to protect crops from weekend freeze

Strawberry farmers prepare for freeze

PORTLAND, Tenn. (WKRN) – If you’ve covered up your flowers and plants at home, you’re not alone.

Farmers are trying to protect their crops, especially strawberries, from the cold.

Johnny Crafton, owner of Crafton Farms in Portland, Tennessee, has scattered straw over his strawberry crop.

“We put the straw down to sort of protect them,” said Crafton. “Plus it keeps the berries clean when they start getting ripe, that way they’re laying on the straw instead of the dirt.”

Other farmers use fabric crop covers to keep them warm.

At Bradley Kountry Acres, Mike Bradley put several acres of the white fabric covers down twice: once before Christmas and again this week, before the freeze.

He plans to pull the covers off again on Monday.

The farmers say their strawberries should be okay this time, since they haven’t bloomed yet.

But they’ll be keeping an eye on the forecast, in case another cold snap hits the area.

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