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Local Crops Frozen

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The first freeze of the season has area farmers reeling.  

"We've probably lost between a third and half of what we had planned for this winter," said Cook's Berry Junction Farmer Ed Cook.

After a warm start to fall, Friday night saw the first major shift in weather.. With temperatures hitting the low 20's. "You can see all of the frost build up on [the plants].  [Leaves] just snaps when you take hold of it."

But the freezing cold wasn't as big a problem as how sudden the temperature dropped.

"When you get this hard of a freeze this early, the crops haven't adjusted to it.  If you get a gradual cooling you can get down in the mid 20's and a lot of this stuff we probably lost last night would be fine," Cook said.

And Cook was just one of many shaking off the effects of Halloween night.

Elizabeth King of the Radish Ranch knew the overnight chill was coming, so she pulled as much produce as she could out of her gardens. 

"But everything that was left has been frozen and it's gone," she said.

Cook isn't happy about losing so much of his yield. But says the experience will help in future years. 

"You know, it's always a learning experience when you're on a farm. This is just another learning experience," Cook said. "And yeah... You gotta pay for your education."

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