Cold Snap Not Likely to Harm NJ Crops [AUDIO]
A drop in temperatures and light snowfall this week followed a recent stretch of warm weather. But growers of “Jersey Fresh” produce say they’re not concerned about a cold snap damaging their crops…yet.
This recent cold weather is described from a farmer’s perspective by Peter Furey of the New Jersey Farm Bureau as “attention-getting, but not really too much cause for concern just yet.”
Furey said that’s because the long and cold winter set the ground up in a fairly uniform way for a late start to the growing.
“So when these typical spring spikes of cold air come through, we are not as exposed to the damaging frosts as we might be in other years,” Furey said.
Furey says what farmers do not want to see is extreme temperature swings again and again that can create problems.
One source suggests that a fairly uniform run of temperatures in the low 70s, for the rest of April into May, would set up many crops.