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Cold Weather Delays Planting Crops

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Local farmers are getting pretty frustrated with the weather. They need a warm up to loosen the soil so they can start planting.

 At Mason Farms, crews are staying indoors, doing maintenance on equipment. Normally, they would be out already planting corn, peas and other crops. But planing is "on hold" because the ground is frozen solid.

 Even an attempt to clear straw off rows of strawberry plants was halted by snow this week. But still, farmers have to be ready to move as soon as it warms up.

 John Mason, Jr. said, "We have to be ready to go because there is a very short window to get this stuff in. We have a short enough season in this area. So we are trying to get everything ready. So as soon as the weather does break we will be all on the fields."

 Farmers say consumers may have to wait a bit longer than normal for local produce. But they could get back on schedule once warmer weather arrives.

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