An overnight freeze warning has farmers worried

PALISADE, Colo. Farmers across the Grand Valley are anxiously waiting as temperatures begin to drop for Tuesday morning's freeze.

It's been an unusually cold spring and the looming freeze could be disastrous for many Palisade peach and cherry orchards.

However, this past weekend's rain and snow may be the reason growers are able to salvage their crop from below freezing temperatures.

“This precipitation has actually helped us out a lot keep us from having to irrigate a lot this year,” says Donovan Talbott of C & R Farms.

On top of sprinkling their orchards and firing up the wind machines, there's not much that Western Slope producers can do for their farms.

A spring this cold hasn't come to the Grand Valley in years, but farmers are confident that if their crops make it through Monday night, they will be fine for harvest season.


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