NC Strawberry Crop Survives Cold Snap

May 4, 2015

North Carolina farmers have begun harvesting strawberries.
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North Carolina's strawberry harvest is expected to be strong, even though a cold winter damaged some plants.

Don Nicholson is a regional agronomist for the state Department of Agriculture.

"We still had those extremely cold nights, and even though the plants are dormant, they still had some damage to the crown, which translates into some growers not having much fruit right now."

Nicholson says it hasn't resulted in a marked shortage.

He adds as long as the temperature stays below 90 degrees, farmers can hope for strawberry crops through Memorial Day weekend or longer.