Strawberry farmers brace for potential frost

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JULIAN, N.C. -- A frost advisory in the Piedmont Thursday night caused some strawberry farmers to take extra precautions in protecting their crop.

Fred Greeson covered up the strawberries on his 100-acre farm in Julian to protect them from damage.

He says about 50 to 60 percent of his profit comes from strawberries.

He fears the unseasonably cool temps may shorten the four to six week window strawberry farmers have for picking.

“If you lose a bloom, you've lost the berry,” Greeson said.

Greeson, like many other local strawberry farmers, will begin picking around May 1.