Overnight freeze could impact crop growth

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Below freezing temperatures could turn healthy, green pea-sized peaches black.

Three-to-five-thousand baskets of peaches are on the line, so Jeremy Calvert is making a bold move.

Setting hundreds of hay bales on fire within feet of each tree to create heat.

Calvert says blooms can handle 20 degree weather, but peaches are past that stage now, and have to stay above 32 degrees.

Calvert says by burning these hay bales all he needs to do is keep the crops just three degrees above freezing to save them

Calvert’s family will be up until dawn in their peach orchard hoping the temperature doesn’t wipe out this harvest.

“We kinda don’t have anything left to throw so we’re throwing everything we can at it to try and save what we have left,” said Jimmy Calvert.

However, Calvert is quick to point out “faith” is one thing they never run out of.

“The Lord has allowed us to have what we have but we do our part ot make sure everything that we can do is done,” Calvert said.

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