Farmers recovering from quick cold snap

Farmers recovering from quick cold snap

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The cold weather may be inconveniencing many, but for farmers, it's affecting their way of life.

Both Greg Hyman and Miracle Lewis spent Thursday assessing the damage to their crops, with the two seeing different results.

Hyman is only growing grapes at the moment and said his loss was surprisingly small. For Lewis, who's known for growing strawberries, the cold wiped out one fifth of her crops.

"So even this expensive row cover, which we went out of our way to get, didn't do much good," Lewis said.

She added that most berries are extremely vulnerable to the cold. After working well through the night to cover them up the best they could, they'll be doing the same until the cold snap ends.

"We'll go through and pick off all the dead berries and the blossoms that turned to mush," Lewis said. "That's the risk you take in a business like this."

Hyman owns a vineyard outside of Conway and isn't growing his usual produce at the moment, so the cold couldn't affect them. He said his grapes, which are in season, only took a slight hit, but he's not out of the woods just yet.

"The first thing I noticed is that the water didn't freeze last night. My dog's bowl and the buckets, the water didn't freeze, even though it got down to 23 degrees," Hyman said. "You can take sub-zero temperatures in a short-sleeve shirt for about five minutes, but not five hours or five days. It's same thing with a plant."

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