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Va. growers fear cold snap could follow warm spell

Thursday - 4/5/2012, 1:24pm  ET

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) - Virginia growers are worried that a damaging cold snap could follow this spring's unusually warm weather.

Virginia Farm Bureau Federation members say apples, peaches, strawberries and winter wheat are all at risk if there is a freeze.

Frederick County fruit grower James Douglas says damaging frosts have occurred in the past up to mid-May.

Cumberland County strawberry grower Rob French says his strawberries will be ready three-and-a-half weeks earlier than usual.

French says the early income is welcome and the season could extend into June if the warm weather continues. But he says there's always concern about frost.


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