“Both combinations are at the far lower limit of where we can protect open flowers with the irrigation systems we have, but I think if all the pumps and pipes and emitters ran as designed, we should have been able to scrape by, but barely,” he says.
This bout of cold weather came on the heels of other freezing temperatures that hit the state in January. Several nights throughout the two months, growers ran overhead sprinklers to form ice to insulate the bushes, similar to the method employed by strawberry growers. “This has been one of the coldest winters we have on record that I can remember,” Mixon says. “Growers earned their keep this year.”