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Cold weather threatens Lower Valley crops

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WAPATO--Recent cold snaps have some Lower Yakima Valley farmers working overtime.

On Marquez Farms in Wapato, the windmills ran on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as nighttime temperatures dipped below 25 degrees.

The apple buds got a breather Sunday, and Sergio Marquez finally got some rest.

"We can get hurt if we don't protect ourselves from the cold," Marquez said.  "But that's why we're here.  Whenever that temperature drops we need to be there."

Marquez has eleven windmills to warm his 200 acres.  It costs him about $1,100 a night to run the turbines.

This cold spell doesn't compare to 2008, when Marquez and other valley farmers had to warm their crops for nearly an entire month.