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Temperature Swing Impacts Local Farmers

Temperatures in southern Oregon soared well above average this week. Now things are cooling off by about 20 degrees. One local farm family shows what kind of impact this can have on growing crops.

Posted: Apr 27, 2018 7:56 AM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Temperatures in southern Oregon were near record-breaking for this time of year as the heat spiked across the region. Local farmers are recovering from the swing in temperatures. Fry Family Farm has year-round produce and items but during the spring, it produces an abundance of flowers.

Terra Fry, family member and farm manager with Fry Family Farm, says the heat caused a sudden bloom for most of the farm's flowers.

"They are starting to pop a lot earlier than expected so it's taking a lot of workers like me and some of our girls out of the green house," said Fry. "[We] pick them a little bit earlier so we can store them in the cooler so that they last a little bit longer."

Fry says the flower season would typically last a few more weeks. Outside crops however soaked up the extra heat and began sprouting.

However Fry says when there's suden, unexpected heat - it means more water usage. She says the farm had to double up on its water for each day.

The Fray family says its hard when above-average temperatures come into play for farmers as it can take labor and resources away from other projects.

To learn more about the Fry Family Farm and its farm store, click here. 

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