Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The heat is on its way and not it's just humans and pets who need some extra T-L-C when the temperature hits the triple digits; crops do too.
When it comes to South Carolina summers, it takes a bit of extra work to keep crops healthy.
"Obviously you can see everything's pretty thirsty," said Eric McClam, farm manager at City Roots, "you can see everything wilting out here during the daytime heat."
McClam is one of many farmers around the state bracing for the heat this weekend.
"As a farmer, you're vegetable is your crop. It's your livelihood. That is a little bit scary for us."
This past week the farm harvested 400lbs of tomatoes which are one of their most lucrative summer crops.
"Right now I've got more tomatoes than I can handle!" McClam joked.
But it only takes a few hours of scorching heat to stump production.
"With heat in excess of 100, 103, 104 degrees a lot of your pollination does not occur for your tomatoes. In a couple weeks we won't have that production that we've been trying to maintain so it's kind of planning ahead and knowing that some of the crop may be a little smaller than we had hopefully anticipated."
"The flowers will actually abort at over 100, 105 degrees. So consequently you will not get fruit off of that vine. And if the nighttime temperatures don't drop below 80, which we're probably going to see this weekend, that can also stump that growth as well."
City Roots will do what it can including watering more than they typically would, adding seeds to help fertility and keeping fans running around the clock in their greenhouses.
"Last week, when it wasn't quite as hot and just a sunny day, our other greenhouse was at about 115 degrees. So as you can imagine, if it's 105 degrees and the heat index is 112 degrees, it's going to be kind of scary hot in here."
"I do get nervous. It's definitely something we have to keep an eye on and things can go south quite quickly. "
"That's kind of part of farming that's just kind of inherent. They say farming's the oldest form of gambling. Mother nature is the house and you typically lose somehow! But it's one of those things you kind of get used to it."
City Roots is located at 1005 Airport Blvd. in Columbia. For further information about City Roots, click here.