Palisade Farms See Minimal Weather Damage
KREX News Room
FRUITA, Colo.- Mother Nature hasn't been the easiest thing to deal with for local farmers. But people NewsChannel 5 reached out to say Wednesday’s snow didn't seem to hit them too hard.
With the cold temperatures we've been experiencing the last couple weeks, farmers have had an extra challenge this spring season.
Some farmers say there's always a cause for worry but since Wednesday’s snow didn't come with frigid temperatures, their crops seem to be OK for now.
“We have also had pretty good wind speed,” said Theresa High of High Country Orchards.”So when there is a breeze blowing through the orchards and vineyards during the colder times of the evening it keeps the air movement flowing and the fruit tends to not freeze.”
“Unfortunately, when it stops snowing and the clouds move out, we get clear skies and the temperature plummets,” said Dave Helmer of Alida’s Fruits. “That’s when we get down to the freezing temperatures and that’s when we talk about losing crops.”
If there is any damage, it will still be a couple of days until they know the exact amount.
Unless we have another drastic freeze farmers say they believe there will still be a strong season this year.
High Country Orchards plans to open soon. They will be ready for the Maverick Classic Road Race on April 21st.