Local farmers protect crops from frigid weather

Local farmers protect crops from frigid weather
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — At the Rio Bravo Ranch, about 1,000 acres of crops have been farmed, including mandarin and navel oranges, grapefruits and, at one time, lemons.

Recently, Kern County has experienced its fair share of freezing temperatures. The weather station at Meadows Field is on the verge of recording its 19th freezing day this month.

Local farmers, including those at Rio Bravo Ranch, use a variety of tactics to keep their crops from perishing under freezing conditions. They employ warm water, wind turbines and even sheets of plastic.

Joel Nelsen with the California Citrus Mutual, a nonprofit citrus growers' association, says freezes could severely damage the state's $2 billion citrus industry.