Farmers Prepare for Spring Frost
KREX News Room
PALISADE, Colo. - Spring had sprung in the Grand Valley until a winter storm system made its way back into the area.
"Spring frost is the number one risk factor for growing fruit in Colorado," said Bruce Talbott of Talbott Farms.
The peach orchards on Talbott's farm are currently in early bloom.
"At early bloom the chart says that we can still have 10 percent bud survival at 21 degrees, we don't want to get anywhere close to that," said Talbott.
Farmers need around 10 percent bloom to make their crop, but because of the harsh winter, trees have already suffered early damage.
"in another week once we're full bloom and post bloom, at 28 degrees there isn't a whole lot left if we sustain that for very long," said Talbott.
Like other farmers in the area, he's preparing for Tuesday night's freeze which could be detrimental to the blooming crops.
"What we would run is about 40 or 50 fans that are on these towers, and if it's an inversion they're very effective. If it's a case of we got cold air blowing through and it's overcast, then there really isn't much point in running fans," said Talbott.
Talbott also said that although fighting a freeze can be challenging, if this colder weather leads to increases in snow pack levels, that's not just good for his farm, but the entire Grand Valley.