It's Cold!

March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 27, 2012 Updated Mar 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM EDT

Erie County (WKBW) Monday was a cold night for sleeping in Western New York, and farmers across the area lost even more sleep, worrying how an overnight frost could affect their crops.

Temps dipped to below freezing overnight, and after a week of 80 degree temperatures, many plants have already begun to bloom, flower, or start to bear fruit. Farmers say the problem is when it gets so cold, the plants are not suited to take that sort of temperature shock, and some could die. Farmers like Peter Gugino know that if it gets too warm and then too cold too quickly it could mean bad news for his plants and for his business.

"What happens if these freeze, we get no food off them. And we just get seeds stems but no fruit. And if we get no food off of them that's a loss for us. We'll lose possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars," Gugino said.

Gugino tells us his grapes are 21 days ahead of schedule, and that he has never seen them bloom this early. But all is not lost, as the local farmer said he will have to wait until at least Tuesday afternoon to survey the frost damage.

There all all kinds of websites devoted to protecting your plants from cold temperatures and frost. Here are some links:

http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/frost-how-to-protect-your-plants.htm

http://blog.gardenharvestsupply.com/2008/09/16/how-to-cover-plants-for-frost-protection/