High Temps Damaging Local Crops?

ODESSA, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - Farmers talk about how three digits could effect what's on your table this summer.

"Right now we are coming out  of all of our spring planting and entering into a new season called summer," says Lindsey Spiegel, Urban Farm Manager for Farmer Troy.

Summer in the Permian Basin continuing to reach scorching temperatures.

This heat spike, urging Lindsey to teach how to take care of your produce.

"So its just kind of an in between phase where the plants that are heat loving will thrive and the ones that don't love the heat are going to start to bolt or die off. its just part of farming,"  says Spiegel

While the West Texas climate isn't ideal for all plans.

Some actually need the heat to make it on to your table.

"Without heat your peaches don't gain color, without color they stay green and never ripen, " John Skiles, Skiles Family Produce 

Skiles telling us to be patient and keep a close eye on the ripening plants.

It's normal to see some signs of wilting and even sun scald.

Sun scald is the dark marks you may see on some vegetables.

"In situations like that we are just going to throw some hoop-covers over them to give them some extra shade. we are going to water a little bit in the morning and water a little bit at night. we are going to water really close to the ground to prevent evaporation and we are going to heavy mulch things just to keep the moisture in the ground," says Spiegel

Once the produce is ripe,  the next step is picking.

Farmers excited to see the vegetables pulled from the ground.

"It's a great opportunity too for the kids to come out and see where their food is coming from. to see this look on a kids face when they pull a carrot out of the ground and be like 'oh that's where it came from' theres something special about that," says Spiegel

Spiegel saying she believes, if kids see where the food is coming from, they may be more willing to eat it.

Local farmers say its all about a little TLC and knowing the right moment to pick.


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