Farmers Scrambling To Protect Crops From Colder Temps

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)-- The chill in the air has farmers scrambling to protect their crops.  Workers at Thies Farm in Maryland Heights were racing to cover about 4 acres of strawberries Friday afternoon.  It’s the second time they’ve had to cover the tender plants this season.  It’s a time consuming chore but it’s important otherwise they could lose the crop to the cold.  Manager Andy Welle says, “The blossoms will be damaged, the fruit won’t be as damaged as badly but it will scar them but the blossoms will turn black and fall off the berry crop.”

At Roots & Blooms in Kirkwood, experts believe cold season plants like snap dragons should be fine in the cold.  Gardeners may want to protect warm season flowers like impatience.  Sherry Davis of Roots & Blooms said, “About the only thing you can do is get a sheet and cover them up tonight if they’re in a container if you can try to bring those in.”

People are sick and tired of the chilly weather.  Susan Bonan walked her two dogs in Forest Park. “I am done with winter, I’m done with the pattern we’re in rain, storm, cold, warm that pattern I would like to have some nice spring days,” she stated.

At the St. Louis Zoo the stingrays are back.  The exhibit is exposed to the elements.  The animals depend on the environment to keep warm.  But they don’t need to work the pool they swim in should always be bath tub water warm.  Hannah Petri is in charge of the exhibit. “We have a climate controlled 17 thousand gallon pool so we have special equipment that always keeps the pool at 70 degrees or higher,” she said.

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