Wild Weather Delays S.C. Crops

Blythewood, SC (WLTX) -- The wild weather we saw in South Carolina early this year may just be a nuisance to most of us, but it could impact our dinner tables even as we go into the warmer months.

"We enjoy it because it gets us out in the yard, we like to be outside, we love nature, we love to see things grow, and we want to provide a very good product for our customers," said Edwina Harrell.

Edwina and her husband Selvin Harrell have run Crooked Cedar Farm in Blythewood for 8 years, in that time they have seen many different weather conditions.

"Every year is a challenge when you are farming, it is sort of like gambling, you are taking a chance and you don't know really what is going to happen," said Selvin.

This spring, the roller coaster-like weather pattern we have seen here in the Midlands has impacted their warm-season crops.

Edwina said, "It has thrown us back a good bit, the garden was very wet because of all of the rain, so the tomato plants need to go in the ground, but we are a little afraid to put them out yet because of the cold temperatures."

They are not alone according to South Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Huge Weathers, many crops across the state including peaches are a little behind schedule.

"The net result for this spring is everything is going to be pushed back, we are going to see a good crop later in the season, so we are just telling people to be a little patient, it will be there but it may not be there on the date they are looking for it," said Commissioner Weathers.

Patience is a must for farmers especially when livelihoods are involved and so much of their success or failure depends on the weather according to Weathers.

"The farmers they realize Mother Nature has been their partner their whole careers, she always will be, so they prepare the best they can," said Weathers.

At this point that is all Selvin and Edwina Harrell can do, be patient and hope for the best the rest of the season.

"We'll get it in the ground in the ground if the weather cooperates," said Selvin.

Historically we can have freezes in the month of April, the latest spring freeze ever recorded in Columbia occurred on April 24, 1986 when the temperature dropped to 30° degrees.


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