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Cold weather delays S.C. strawberry farm season

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Cottle Strawberry Farm has been growing strawberry for more than thirty years. Cottle Strawberry Farm has been growing strawberry for more than thirty years.
Strawberry picking season is usually well on it's way by April 1. Strawberry picking season is usually well on it's way by April 1.

By Deven Lee

Jennifer Jordan works at Cottle Strawberry Farm and thinks that this spring has been one of the hardest yet. She says that the cold weather always makes strawberry farming difficult, but the recent wind and low temperatures make it almost impossible.

Jordan planned to have the crop of 147,000 plants ready to pick by the first week in March. Instead, the plants remain covered by tarps, or grow covers, to protect them from the elements.

"We should be open right now," Jordan said. "These things should be off, it should be warm and sunny and we should, you know, be selling strawberries."

As heavy winds have been blowing the grow covers off, Jordan and the rest of the Cottle staff have had to spread out bags of rocks about a foot apart between each row.

 Jordan and her coworkers take shifts staying up all night to ensure the the covers stay put.

Cottle Strawberry Farm hopes to be open for picking by this weekend, Jordan said, but it all depends on the weather.

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