Grower Preparations for Colder Conditions Coming (8:26am, Wed., March 1, 2017)

— Written By Barclay Poling
en Español

El inglés es el idioma de control de esta página. En la medida en que haya algún conflicto entre la traducción al inglés y la traducción, el inglés prevalece.

Al hacer clic en el enlace de traducción se activa un servicio de traducción gratuito para convertir la página al español. Al igual que con cualquier traducción por Internet, la conversión no es sensible al contexto y puede que no traduzca el texto en su significado original. NC State Extension no garantiza la exactitud del texto traducido. Por favor, tenga en cuenta que algunas aplicaciones y/o servicios pueden no funcionar como se espera cuando se traducen.

English is the controlling language of this page. To the extent there is any conflict between the English text and the translation, English controls.

Clicking on the translation link activates a free translation service to convert the page to Spanish. As with any Internet translation, the conversion is not context-sensitive and may not translate the text to its original meaning. NC State Extension does not guarantee the accuracy of the translated text. Please note that some applications and/or services may not function as expected when translated.

Collapse ▲

Good morning,

I just received this note from Eric Hunter, Easley, SC:

“We have row covers on. We expect three nights in the mid-20s beginning tomorrow night (Thur). Rain and thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight.”

Eric added, “I’d say we are easily two weeks ahead, and possibly three. 8-10 blooms per plant. I anticipate an early April opening. Normal is April 20-25. A cool March may slow them down (see our weekly Outlooks).

Easter freeze scenario? Eric continued, “I am going to have to purchase new row covers in the fall, so I think I’m gonna go ahead and buy them now just in case we have another “Easter freeze” or similar scenario, allowing me to double cover.”

This might be a good time for you to get covers “on”this Wed morning before rains? Eric is going to see mid-20s and that can do lots of damage. Check out how cold your area may be getting below. The covers should def. provide adequate crop protection for mid-20s. I have seen where a low temp of  22 in canopy will cause damage, even with 1.25 oz cover. Growers who may see low 20s and do not have extra covers to double up with, will have to consider irrigation on top of covers if there area is headed for the very low 20s!

In Pickens, SC, for example, I noted in the AWIS Hourly forecast that winds today could reach 15 mph, but will be subsiding tomorrow and Friday morning it will be down to 30 F, and Sat morning  23 F (winds still) and frost at about 4 a.m. — with a low of 23 at 6 a.m., I am confident a 1.25 oz cover should be effective (alone).Pickens Hourly Detailed Weather Forecast

Switching over to VA, I see Chesapeake will possibly see FROST on Friday morning when winds are low, but then Saturday it may not frost at all because of what appear to be steady winds all night and morning. The low Saturday morning will be 29, and a row cover will offer very good protection. Over in Chesapeake on Monday, we were at a farm that had just used overhead irrigation for frost protection Sunday night/Mon morning. Sprinkling can also be quite effective (alone) under the types of conditions in the forecast for Chesapeake. For instance, a grower could start sprinkling at about 4 a.m. on Friday when wet bulb hits 33 F, and just keep running until ice is melting nicely in the morning after sunrise. As far as “the next night” in Chesapeake, you can see winds will be a definite factor, but winds are also going to mitigate any frost forming on blossoms, and with a minimum of 29 F, the blossoms should make it through ok (as long as it doesn’t frost). Barclay Poling – Chesapeake Hourly Detailed Weather Forecast

Multi-state hourly forecast information for MD-SC-VA-NC-GA

Maryland MD Temp Outlook


Aberdeen Andrews_AFB Annapolis_Naval Baltimore_Sci_Ce
Baltimore/Wash Cambridge/Dorche College_Park_AP Cumberland_AP
Easton_MD Fort_Meade Frederick_MD Gaithersburg_AP
Hagerstown_AP Leonardtown Middle_River Oakland_MD_AP
Ocean_City_AP Patuxent_River Salisbury Stevensville_AP
St_Inigoes/Webst Washington_DC_AP Westminster_AP

South Carolina SC Temp Outlook


Aiken_AP Anderson_Co_Air Barnwell_AP Beaufort_Cnty_AP
Beaufort_SC Bennettsville_Je Camden_AP Charleston_Exec_
Charleston_Muni Cheraw_AP Chester_AP Clemson-Clemson
Columbia-Columb Columbia/McEnti Columbia_Metro Conway_AP
Darlington Florence_SC Georgetown_AP_SC Greenville_Donal
Greenville_Down Greenville-Spart Greenwood-Green Hartsville_AP
Hilton_Head_AP Kingstree_AP Lancaster-McWhir Laurens_AP
Manning_AP Marion_AP_SC Moncks_Corner_AP Mount_Pleasant_A
Myrtle_Beach Newberry_AP North_Myrtle_Be Orangeburg-Oran
Pickens_AP Rock_Hill Spartanburg_Down Summerville_AP
Sumter_AP Sumter_SC Walterboro_AP Winnsboro_AP

Virginia VA Temp Outlook



Abingdon Ashland_VA Charlottesville Chesapeake-Ches
Culpeper Danville Dublin/New_Riv Emporia_VA
Farmville Fentress_Naval_A Fort_Belvoir/Da Fort_Eustis/Fel
Franklin/J_B_Ro Hillsville Hot_Springs/Ing Jonesville_AP
Langley_AFB Leesburg/Godfre Louisa-Louisa_C Lynchburg
Manassas_Muni(A Marion/Wythev Martinsville Mecklenburg/Bru
Melfa/Accomack Newport_News Norfolk_Hampton_ Norfolk_NAS
Norfolk_VA Oceana Orange_VA Petersburg_(AWO
Quantico Richlands_AP Richlands_VA Richmond
Richmond_Chester Roanoke Shannon_Arpt Stafford_AP_VA
Staunton-Shenan Suffolk-Suffolk Tappahannock_AP Virginia_Tech_A
Wakefield_AP Wallops_Island Warrenton_Fauqui Washington_Dulle
West_Point_VA Williamsburg_VA Winchester_Rgnl Wise/Lonesome_P

North Carolina NC Temp Outlook


Ahoskie-Tri-Cou Albemarle_AP Andrews Asheboro
Asheville_Munic Beaufort-Michae Boone_NC Burlington-Burl
Cape_Hatteras_AG Chapel_Hill-Hor Charlotte Cherry_Point
Clinton_NC Concord_NC Currituck_NC Edenton-Northea
Elizabeth_City Elizabethtown_NC Erwin-Harnett_C Fayetteville_AP
Fort_Bragg/Simm Franklin/Macon_C Gastonia-Gaston Goldsboro_AFB
Goldsboro_NC Greensboro Greenville_AP_NC Hickory
Jacksonville Jacksonville_(A Jefferson_AP_NC Kenansville-Dup
Kill_Devil_Hills Kinston_AP Lexington-David Lincolnton_AP
Louisburg_NC Lumberton_AP_NC Mackall_AAF Manteo/Dare_Co
Maxton Mcalf_Bogue_Fiel Monroe_AP_NC Morganton-Morga
Mount_Airy-Moun New_Bern North_Wilkesbor Oxford_NC
Piney_Island_Bom Pope_AFB Raleigh-Durham Reidsville_AP
Roanoke_Rap_AP Roanoke_Rapids_R Rockingham_NC Rocky_Mount-Wils
Roxboro_AP Rutherfordton Salisbury-Rowan Sanford_NC
Shelby_AP_NC Smithfield_AP Southern_Pines Southport_NC
Statesville-Sta Tarboro_AP Wadesboro_AP Washington-Warr
Whiteville_NC Wilmington_AP_NC Winston-Salem

Georgia GA Temp Outlook


Albany_Municipa Alma/Bacon_Co Americus_AP Athens_Municipa
Atlanta/DeKalb Atlanta/Fulton Atlanta_Intl_Ar Atlanta_Paulding
Augusta/Bush_Fi Augusta_Daniel_F Bainbridge_GA Blakely_AP
Brunswick_GA Brunswick/Glync Canton_GA Carrollton_AP
Cartersville_AP Claxton_AP Columbus_GA Covington_GA_AP
Dalton-Dalton_M Douglas_Muni Dublin/WHBarron Fitzgerald_AP
Fort_Benning Ft_Stewart/Wrig Gainesville_AP_G Greensboro_GA
Homerville_AP Hunter_(AAF) Jesup_AP La_Grange
Lakeland Lawrenceville_AP Macon_AP Marietta
Marietta/Cobb Milledgeville_AP Moultrie_Muni_AP Newnan-Newnan_C
Peachtree_City Rome_GA Savannah Statesboro_GA
Swainsboro_AP Sylvania_AP_GA Thomaston_AP Thomasville_AP
Thomson_GA Tifton_AP Valdosta Valdosta/Moody
Vidalia Warner_Robins_A Washington_GA Washington_GA
Waycross_AP Winder_AP

Good luck!

Barclay Poling

p.s. I am going to “chicken out” on all this cold weather and head back down to FL to continue with harvest of our advanced selection research plots there (photo below is one of the very nice selections we’ve been harvesting this winter)


Between the record-warm February and the outlook for more above-average temperatures in the coming weeks, we predict the cherry trees will reach peak bloom between March 15 and 19 — about two weeks ahead of the April 1 average peak bloom. If it happens on March 15, it will tie for the earliest on record from 1990. The National Park Service has documented peak bloom dates since 1921.