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‘We’re just trying to keep alive what we can’ | Blast of winter weather affects strawberry fields in Poteet

One farmer mentioned what finally spared the bulk of their crop was an old-school methodology: operating effectively water by means of the strains all through the storm.

POTEET, Texas — Last week’s blast of winter weather threatened the native strawberry crop, just two months away out from the long-lasting Poteet Strawberry Festival.

Ronin Garcia is a sixth-generation strawberry farmer with Garcia Farms. At 22 years previous, he mentioned that is the toughest he is labored to save their strawberries.

“We knew it was going to get cold,” Garcia mentioned. “We tried a whole assortment of things. We tried covering with hay, covering with plastic.”

Garcia mentioned what finally spared the bulk of their crop was an old-school methodology: operating effectively water by means of the strains all through the storm.

“It comes out at like a constant 60 to 65 degrees and it actually keeps the whole plantation warm,” Garcia mentioned.

He mentioned their business land remains to be thriving, however the 10,000 vegetation on the smaller farm at their dwelling are barely hanging on.

“It was watered being watered through city water and since there was no water coming, we couldn’t water them, and they’ve taken a really bad turn,” Garcia mentioned. “So right now, they’re on the verge of dying. It looks like they’ve been freezer-burned.”

If that occurs, his household may lose its funding.

“It’s a couple of thousand dollars per thousand plants,” Garcia mentioned. “We’re putting in water, we’re putting in fertilizer, the bed mulch for the plants, labor, picking.”

Garcia mentioned saving the struggling strawberries is a 50/50 shot.

“We’re tippy-toeing between tactics and seeing if we can actually do anything,” Garcia mentioned. “But at this point, we’re just trying to keep alive what we can.”

Whatever the end result, Garcia mentioned the week of winter weather should not hinder their success on the 74th Annual Strawberry Festival in Poteet this April.

“We tried our best and we’re fortunate right now and I think it’s going to have a good turnaround, at least for the majority of the crop,” Garcia mentioned.

To see all of the farmers who take part in the Poteet Strawberry Festival, click on here.

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