Farmers Worried About Cold Weather

March 26, 2012 Updated Mar 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM EDT

By John Borsa

March 26, 2012 Updated Mar 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM EDT

BRANT, NY (WKBW) - Peter Gugino examines the small buds forming on his grape vines and worries that they will be gone in the morning.

"The buds on here, see?" he said, gently moving them with his thumb.

In the morning, if they turn black, his crop is finished.

Extremely cold temperatures are putting crops like grapes, cherries and even apples in jeopardy all across Western New York.

"It's devastating," Gugino said. "You get nothing out of the grapes. There's no bunches of grapes. It's all vines and leaves - you get nothing out of them."

It is late March, but Gugino's vines think it is mid-April.

He has been farming in Brant for decades. Before him, his father worked the farm. And before that, it was Gugino's grandfather who tended to the vines. His farm dates back to the late 1800's.

"Just pray. Hope it doesn't get down to 25 (degrees)," he said. "If it stays 29, 30 we got a chance. But if it goes any lower than that we don't have a chance."