Frost fears from the farm to your backyard - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Frost fears from the farm to your backyard

They're smaller than a finger-tip.  We're talking about the tiny peaches forming on one of the trees at the Jones Orchard near Millington.

"We have 1100 trees," says Henry Jones.

Henry Jones is a third generation farmer.  His family has grown peaches and other produce since 1940.  He's afraid what happened last April might happen again.

"We had to bring in peaches from Alabama because we lost everyone of them," says Jones.

Plummeting temperatures this time of year are his worst fear.

"Oh yes -- absolutely," says Jones.

Jones tried to hire a helicopter to fly over his fields.

"They'll force the warm air down, and just 2 or 3 degrees will make the difference," says Jones.

At least his strawberry plants are protected.  He pulled tarps over them this weekend.

"We're just at Mother Nature's mercy on the peaches," says Jones. 

"We've had some late frosts -- but it hasn't been this late," says Clay Keeler.

He's covering up the prized plants in his backyard.

"These are the second type of banana plants that I've tried," Keeler says.

He thought the threat of frost was gone for good.

"I didn't think it would come this late in April," says Keeler.

Both he, Jones, and many other mid-southerners hope weather-casters are wrong.

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