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Ice And Snow Impacting Crops In Colorado


BECAUSE THERE GOES THE STORM THE OTHER WAY. 66 MILLION ACRES OF COLORADO ARE DEDICATING TO FARMING. THE WEATHER WE HAVE TODAY HAS AN EFFECT ON THE CROPS. JACQUELINE QUYNH IS LIVE AT FLEISCHER FAMILY FARMS IN LAKEWOOD WITH MORE. Reporter: THERE ARE 36,000 FARMERS ACROSS THE STATE, INCLUDING SOME OF THE SMALLER FARMERS, OR WHAT YOU CALL URBAN FARMS, LIKE RIGHT HERE. I WILL BE JOINED NOW BY PAUL FLEISCHER, WHO RUNS THIS FARM AND IS A TEACHER AT ALAMEDA HIGH SCHOOL. I KNOW YOU ARE USED TO WAKING UP EARLY BUT THIS IS A LOT OF SNOW. WOULD YOU BE DOING THINGS AT THIS TIME AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT SNOWS LIKE THIS? I HAVE DEFINITELY BEEN OUT HERE AT THIS TIME OF THE MORNING, USUALLY IN THE SUMMERTIME WHEN THE WEATHER IS A LOT BETTER AND WE HAVE CROPS TO WORK WITH. AS I WORK WITH THE STUDENTS AT SCHOOL, I HAVE TO TELL THEM THAT COLORADO WEATHER IS REALLY UNPREDICTABLE AND YOU HAVE TO BE READY FOR THESE THINGS. WE HAVE HARVESTED WHAT WE COULD FROM THE FARM AND PRETTY MUCH SHUT DOWN SALES FOR THE YEAR. WE GOT OUR BUSHES, PLANTS AND TREES IN THE GROUND. IT IS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR WHERE YOU SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY AND TRY TO WAIT OUT THE COLD WEATHER BEFORE NEXT YEAR STARTS. Reporter: ARE THERE ANY LESSONS HERE? WITH THE EARLY SNOWFALL LIKE THIS, DO YOU TEACH YOUR KIDS ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR? YES. A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THINGS WHEN THE SNOW IS COMING THAT THE GROWING SEASON IS COMPLETELY DONE FOR THE YEAR. THERE IS ACTUALLY A LOT OF PLANTS WE HAVE RECENTLY PUT IN THE GROUND THAT WILL HOLD OVERWINTER UNTIL NEXT SEASON. WE HAVE ALL OF OUR GARLIC, OUR FLOWERING BULBS IN THE GROUND FOR NEXT YEAR. A LOT OF OUR ROOT CROPS, LIKE CARROTS CAN USUALLY MAKE IT THROUGH THE COLD WEATHER. ANOTHER BIG THING IS STUDENTS OFTEN THINK AND A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT RIGHT BEFORE A FREEZE YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO WATER BECAUSE IT WILL MAYBE KILL THE PLANTS. ACTUALLY, PLANTS NEED OF THE ROW WATERING DEEPEN THEIR ROOT SYSTEM RIGHT BEFORE A FREEZE TO MAKE IT THROUGH. WE HAVE HAD A FEW KIDS OUT HERE HELPING US WITH THOSE THINGS

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