Warm Weather Welcomes Basin Produce

Local Farmer Prepares to Protect his Produce

MIDLAND, Texas (Local 2/ Fox 24) - Here in West Texas, plants are used to the heat.... but not in February.

"A lot of the plants are wondering about these high 80 degree temperatures in February, and I don't think they like it," said Bill Rutter, owner of Dragon Fly farms. 

Bill Rutter and his wife are gardeners who run an urban farm in midland. 
 
" We grow vegetables year round and it feels like summer now, but it's actually the middle of winter," said Bill Rutter.  
Like all farmers, they worry about the weather and seasons matter. 
 
Douglas Cain with the national weather service said Saturday could even set a record high.  
 
" We are expecting record high temperatures and right now we are forecasting 90 degrees," said Cain.  
 
So, the Rutter's taking precautions. 
 
"I'll probably water them twice tomorrow ..just spray. It's like evaporative cooling...  and you just spray them down...and it's like if you got sprayed down.  It be cold at first and you'd be comfortable for an hour," said Bill Rutter. 
 
 Fortunately, with change in the air,  he will only need to protect them from the heat for a little while longer. 
 
" If it was gonna be in the 90's for four or five days in a role, they would than die," said Bill Rutter. 
 
" It is gonna change.  It is gonna turn much colder when the front moves through," said Cain.  
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


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