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Late freeze threatens crops

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French Worley covers strawberry plants at his family’s farm Wednesday to protect them from freezing temperatures expected overnight. French Worley covers strawberry plants at his family’s farm Wednesday to protect them from freezing temperatures expected overnight.

FAIR BLUFF, NC (WECT) – In past years, Chandler Worley hasbeen picking and selling strawberries by now at his farm near Fair Bluff. Buttoday he's working to protect the crops from an overnight freeze that couldcost him thousands of dollars if the plants don't survive.  

Worley plans to cover the plants with large sheets tonightto shield them from frost.

Early berries are big business for Worley, whose farm onHwy. 904 is in a prime spot for people traveling to the beach.

"They'll stop here and buy strawberries. And the earlier Iam, the more business I'll get," Worley explains.

The late freeze could affect other crops as well.

"Normally we're planting corn by now," said Worley, "butwith the cold ground and the wet weather, we may get started next week, wehope.

But if he doesn't get started on the corn soon, the crop willbe put at risk by summer heat and the potential for hurricanes.

Worley explained the amount of corn farmers can expect toharvest per acre diminishes each day if they don't plant by mid April.

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