Valley Farmers Protect Crops from April Frost

April 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Valley farmers took steps to protect their crop from last night's frost advisory. Temperatures dipped as low as 42 degrees Wednesday night in parts of Fresno County. The cold weather forced citrus farmer Keith Nilmeier at Nilmeier farms to light peach pits. He said the crops of concern are grapes and vegetables and in his 36-year of farming he's never seen it this cold in April.

"I've caught a couple of March frosts, but never April. To catch one like this... Its unusual that makes it twice as hard to protect against frost," said Nilmeier.

Nilmeyer lit the peach pits overnight to protect his 200 acres of grapes, which he estimates is worth about a half-million dollars.

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