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Crop Protection: What to do after a freeze

Posted at 5:10 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 17:10:58-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A warning to farmers to help make sure all your hard work doesn't go to waste.

With the upcoming freeze, agricultural experts in the area are warning you to start preparing your crops now in order to save them.

The UF Agricultural Extension Office says the first freeze can be the worst on crops.

Crops close to the ground are likely to face more damage from the freeze. To save them, you should cover them down to the root.

A local agricultural expert says once the freeze passes, the next steps are the most important.

"Do not go out and start pruning after the freeze even if the plants are showing signs of burns," said Trevor Hylton, an extension agent. "Leave those dry areas alone. If there's going to be any re-growth it is going to come eventually but that dried up area will serve as protection."

Hylton says watering your crops before the freeze hits is another way to help them live through the cold temperatures. That's because the ground will be moist and harder to freeze.