Mar 29, 2012
Summer fruits coming early

A warm spring has provided just the right environment for an early summer, at least when it comes to fruit and vegetable harvests.

Doug Patterson with Patterson Farms in Rowan County, North Carolina, says strawberry crops could come several weeks early. Other crops like peaches, tomatoes, corn and blueberries could come early too.

That could mean an extended growing season for crops which could bring more money for farmers.

Farming is a $50 million industry in Rowan County according to Agriculture Extension Agent Darryl Blackwelder. The early crops could also bring serious problems for farmers.

A hailstorm last weekend damaged an estimated $1 million in crops according to Blackwelder.

Local farmer David Correll says most of his spring vegetables are a complete loss after being shredded by hailstones.

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