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Local Farmers Prepare for Hot Weather This Week

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Randy Mullen grows potatoes just outside of Pasco. He said the hot weather coming up is not favorable for his crops, temperatures in the mid- 80's are much more welcome. Randy Mullen grows potatoes just outside of Pasco. He said the hot weather coming up is not favorable for his crops, temperatures in the mid- 80's are much more welcome.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, WA -  It looks like we may need to turn on the AC to keep cool later this week but what does that mean for farmers in our area?
    
Is the warm weather good or bad for the crops?
    
Randy Mullen grows potatoes just outside of Pasco. He said the hot weather coming up is not favorable for his crops, temperatures in the mid- 80's are much more welcome.

"When it starts to get 90 and above then the plant kind of shuts down a little bit, then of course we don't want to see that, we want them to continue growing," said Mullen, adding "we certainly can't control what the temperature is going to be so the best we can do is prepare for it the best way we know how which is to keep everything wet."

Other farmers agree, while grapes thrive in hot weather, tree crops like apples are not so fond of it, they can get sun burnt or ripe too quickly, plus the hot weather attracts more pests, the trick though is plenty of water.

And while temperatures in the 90s are not the best for farmers they prefer it over high winds.
     
"There's no such thing as normal weather, we've had our potatoes frost this late in the year before and we've also had 100 degree weather before," Mullen added.

Experts say crops are affected most by rapid changes in weather, a steady consistent climate keeps the crops happy.
    
The weather is expected to get warmer later this week, with temperatures peaking at around 90 degrees, but some farmers say as long as their irrigation systems keep running, they should be okay. 
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