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Farmers hoping not to see repeat of last year's freeze

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - For Tennessee farmers, it's starting to feel like last year all over again.

A freeze watch for much of Tennessee and a snow advisory for parts of the Smoky Mountains is giving farmers another scare of last year's freeze that killed sensitive berries and crops.

An unusually deep upper low pattern has parked over the middle of the state and will bring in cold temperatures Monday night. Combined with light winds and a clear sky, forecasters say a widespread frost is likely.

Dennis Fox, owner of the Fruit and Berry Patch in Halls, said it was a rough year followed by an extreme drought. With peaches on the farm forming and apples, cherries, grapes and blueberries in bloom, he is hoping for a more productive year.

Neal Denton, with UT's Extension Service, other crops could be threatened, such as tomatoes and peppers. If possible, he's advising to bring them inside for a few nights.


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