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Virginia Farmers Fear Frost Possibility

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Some farmers in Virginia are worried their crops could suffer from a damaging cold snap.
Some farmers in Virginia are worried their crops could suffer from a damaging cold snap.

Members of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation are worried that a damaging cold snap could follow this spring's unusually warm weather. The growers say apples, peaches, strawberries and winter wheat are all at risk from freezes.

An abnormally warm spring has meant some crops are growing ahead of schedule. In Cumberland County, strawberry growers say their crop will be ready three and a half weeks earlier than usual.

But frosts are still possible. For instance, in Frederick County, damaging frosts have occurred in the past up to mid-May.

For now though, some farmers say the early income is welcome, and the season could extend into June if warm weather continues without frosts.


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