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Local Farmers Fear Potential First Frost Of Season

CornMONSON, Mass (WGGB)– Corn is still good for the picking at Koran’s Farm and Gift Shop in Monson. Despite near record cold temperatures forecasted this week, Sheila Koran hopes it stays that way.

“We’ve been telling our customers we should have corn through the first part of October, and we certainly hope that we do,” Koran said.

A frost will kill corn in five to seven days. Low temperatures Monday into Tuesday are expected to fall between 30 and 36 degrees Fahrenheit. Koran says a particularly hard frost will hurt everything from tomatoes to pumpkins.
A strong breeze is actually a good thing for farms on potentially frosty nights because it helps keep the frost from settling on things like corn. Koran’s Farm has an advantage in Monson: they are elevated.

“If you were in a lower spot you probably have more a chance of getting a frost than we do up here with our breeze at this point,” Koran said.

But what about those fall flowers and plants you just bought or planted at home?

“You should either pick them up and put them in a protected area or cover them if you’ve already planted them in the ground,” Koran said. “Cover them with some type of fabric, not plastic.”

Koran says no farmers want to see wasted crop, but at the end of the day, like the entire season, it’s all in the hands of Mother Nature.

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