Hard freeze overnight, farmers worried

Monnin Fruit Farms losing trees to hard freeze. (WDTN Photo/Neil Black)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – With temperatures dipping down below freezing Tuesday night, local fruit farmers are taking extra precautions to try and save already budding blooms.

“Peaches are already gone. They froze when we got down to minus 17. So, we know we’re pretty much history,” said Nick Monnin, Monnin Fruit Farms

It’s been a rough and long winter for most Miami Valley farmers.

Most of the peaches didn’t make it and the rasberries aren’t looking good either.

That is why at Monnin Fruit Farms in Butler Township is now focused on its apple crop.

Tonight’s wintry cold temperatures could be a make or break it moment for the season.

Storm Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Brian Davis says to expect a hard freeze overnight into Wednesday morning.

“When it gets down to 20 and in the middle 20’s, could start losing apples because they are already out in the little clusters,” said Monnin.

Monnin says the farm stands to lose about 80 percent of its apple crop tonight and a lot of money too.

He’s hoping to get a little help from Mother Nature.

“If the wind stays blowing a little bit, that will help a lot too.”

The Monnins are using tarps to try and protect their strawberry crop.

They say that’s about all anyone can do.

“That will give me about 7 degrees under there, so the strawberries should be fine. I’m just going to play it out and see what happens.”

We also talked with Hidden Valley Fruit Farms in Lebanon. The pears have opened there, so those trees are in trouble.

They say there is simply no way to cover their nearly 7,000 rees from the elements.





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