KETR Local
2:35 am
Tue April 1, 2008

Impact on fruits and vegetables for upcoming growing season<BR>

Scott Harvey

Commerce – Weather conditions during March proved both positive and negative for the upcoming planting and growing season. Agriculture Agent with Texas Agri-life Extension Service in Hunt County Sara Allen says some tomatoes were recently lost due to frost damage. Hunt County's average last frost date is March 15, however there have been freezes well into April in the past. Allen says now would be a good time to plant tomatoes as well as other types of crops you'd generally see in gardens.

Recent rains have also had an effect on pecan trees and other fruits. Allen says the best way to prevent damage to these types of crops is by following a preventative schedule for insects and disease. That includes a majority of spraying, but also monitoring for those insects and diseases.

Click the MP3 icon to listen as Hunt County Extension Agent Sara Allen describes how the recent rains could limit production for pecans and other fruits.