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Nash County Farmer's Enemy Is Bone-Chilling Wind

Posted March 11, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST

— Our record-breaking cold snap has many of us heading to the garden to cover plants or bring them inside. Imagine having to do that with a quarter of a million plants.

Landscapers from all over the nation buy plants from Charles Wood. Healthy plants add up to good business. However, our late winter cold spell is making Charles' job much harder by destroying the flowers on some of his trees.

To protect the plants that Wood has already sold, he's tightly packing them into rows inside plastic shelters. The shelters stay warm in the day, and they keep the wind off of the plants at night. Wood says that the bone-chilling breeze is his biggest enemy right now.

Wood prepared for cold weather this season, and thanks to that preparation, he doesn't expect to take major losses this time around.

Wood's situation is different from those of strawberry or tobacco farmers. He doesn't irrigate the plants at night. Fruit farmers like to put a protective coating of ice on their plants, but on Wood's farm, irrigation is used as a last resort.