Protecting crops from frost

Talent, Ore. — With potential freezing temperatures, farmers are taking extra steps to protect their crops. It’s a long and tedious process for Ron Meyer to protect his 100 acres of pear trees.

“You have to start ahead of time to have everything in place. Frost protection will be necessary,” explains Meyer.

Meyer wont take any chances onhis rows of trees. After all, it’s his livelihood.

“Most of us have our life savings in the orchards.”

That is why heis placing heaters around his farm, ready to be fired up at a moments notice. Fans and his pond are also easily accessible tools to combat freeze.

“It’s our basis for protection,” says Meyer.

Protection that is needed around the clock. He keeps a temperature alarm right next tohis bed. When temperatures drop dangerously low it’ll sound off, ushering him out to the field. Having his sleep interrupted is worth it to Meyer. Otherwise it could mean a bad season at the Meyer’s Orchard.

“It could be total crop loss,” he adds.

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