Freeze Worries for South Georgia Growers

By: Adam Vasallo
By: Adam Vasallo

His family's been farming land for more than 150 years, and produce grower Carroll Hopkins says he's seen his share of freezes.

He says his eggplants will be the first to go and his tomatoes won't be far behind.

Carroll Hopkins says, "Nothing you can do with 20 or 30 acres. If you had a small green house you could cover it up, so you can't help it at all."

Growers say the determining factor on how devastating the frost will be on crops like tomatoes is how long temperatures stay below freezing

Nathan Branch, a buyer, says, "Everyone in this area that has produce, they're picking it today, storing it as much as they can, trying to save it before it freezes tonight, because if it freezes tonight, it's all over with, we're through."

The bright side is that growers say crops such as greens and cabbage will thrive if temperatures dip below freezing.

Hopkins adds, "Take it like it comes and keep on going."

It’s just the type of optimistic resolve that will help local farmers make it through these cold nights.

Growers say it will only take a few hours of freezing temperatures to kill crops such as tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.


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