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Cold weather affecting asparagus crop

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PASCO, Wash. -- We're less than two weeks away from May, but overnight temperatures have it feeling like February.

Last night, the National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for the Columbia Basin with temperatures in the 20's.

Anytime the mercury drops that low, several crops are at risk of being damaged.

Some Asparagus farmers we talked with on Monday say the cold weather is taking it's toll. "This is very abnormal. This is probably a year that is cool. We haven't seen nothing like this in probably 20, 30 years. It's been exceptionally cool this year. It's definitely harder to deal with when it comes to selling and marketing," explains farmer Bryan Lynch.

Lynch adds wind machines and spraying water do nothing for Asparagus. But he says he's hopeful the cold is winding down. However, the National Weather Service has issued another freeze warning for the Columbia Basin from 10pm tonight until 7am Tuesday morning.

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