Frost Warning Threatens Local Crops

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NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (KTLA) — On a night to bundle up…

“It’s nice I like it, it’s refreshing.”

Sure — Carrie Sullivan may enjoy the chilly temperatures — but for crop growers and plant lovers — the frosty conditions can be a menace.

“I think I’ve got that covered. I’ve got lots of plastic at home and I’m going to wrap them up,” she says.

Brent and Christine live near Avocado fields and know the extent growers go to protect the produce.

“They have the fans going all night to keep the air moving around.”

“Up in the Ventura coast we are expecting lows to be about 30 to 33 degrees.”

Meteorologist Kurt blank is the with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

“That’s the big issue you drive along the 101 you can see all the agriculture.”

He often sends out warnings to growers in advance,  so when the temperatures dip they can take steps to prevent frost damage.

“They will get furnaces in the area to get warmth, windmills, cover them with sheets of plastic — do whatever need to do to save the plants.”

Most citrus, depending on the hardiness of the plant, will be damaged if the thermometer drops below 28 to 30 degrees for several hours.

“I grew up in Illinois so I’m kind of good with that.”

Rodney Ketchum knows the drill.

In Newbury Park, where it could drop to 32 degrees, he’s already taken steps to protect his plants.

“Put some straw around the base of the plants, and the ones that are in pots I brought them inside the garage.”

— Sara Welch, KTLA News

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