Unseasonably cold weather delays growth in area berry fields

Jimmy Williams (Source: KAIT-TV)
Jimmy Williams (Source: KAIT-TV)

GREENE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Mid-April is typically the perfect time for picking berries.

And while that's still true in Central Arkansas, the weather in Region 8 has impacted produce in our area.

This time last year at Scatter Creek Berries and Produce, people were swarming the vines full of berries.

But on Friday, they weren't even open to the public yet.

Vines that would normally be covered in berries this time of year, had only leaves.

Co-owner Jimmy Williams said they are a full month behind this year.

And the problem hasn't been the rain, it's been the cold.

Williams said just last week, they had two frosts where they had to cover the fields.

"A couple of degrees in temperature make all the difference," Williams said. "A strawberry bloom is safe down to about 29 or 30 degrees so you get below that a couple of times in a couple of weeks and that makes a difference."

Williams said warm weather is what they really need. Right now, he's expecting to be able to open up to the public on Mother's Day.

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