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Farms taking precautions after frost advisory

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Hunter Bullock is the manager of Cottle strawberry farm. Hunter Bullock is the manager of Cottle strawberry farm.
Farmers must lay out tarps to cover their plants during a frost advisory. They are held down by rocks. Farmers must lay out tarps to cover their plants during a frost advisory. They are held down by rocks.

by Reece Funderburk

A frost advisory hit the Columbia area last weekend and while low temperatures did not hitting freezing levels, it did have some farmers taking a little extra care of their plants.

"We have white sheets in between every nine rows and we have to pull all the sheets and cover the entire 18 acres out here." says Hunter Bullock, the manager of Cottle Strawberry Farm. "We have these rock bags that hold down the sheets that will keep the wind from blowing them away. It is very labor intensive."

Temperatures hit as low as 34 degrees on Sunday morning affecting crops planted just after the historic flood six months earlier.

"We probably would have lost our crop if we had planted in early October or right when the rain was hitting. Luckily we missed it by a week," says Bullock. "If it did frost and we did not cover them we could lose a majority if not our entire crop. We would have spent the whole year working for nothing."

The weather is not always friendly to South Carolina farmers. Temperatures are expected to be as low as 46 degrees this week along with heavy winds and thunderstorms.

"Its a risk being a farmer," says Bullock. "We're gamblers."

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