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Local Fruit Farms Vs. The Hot Weather

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With Temperatures soaring into the triple digits this summer many have wondered what it will do to local farmers crops. With Temperatures soaring into the triple digits this summer many have wondered what it will do to local farmers crops.

NACHES, WA.-  With Temperatures soaring into the triple digits this summer many have wondered what it will do to local farmers crops. 

Local owner John Thompson of Thompson's Fruit Farm says the stifling heat is something all farmers have to plan for and expect, especially living in an area with desert like conditions. 

Thompson said, "We are located in a desert and that's what makes the peaches what they are. Peaches like to be in the hot heat, but they also like water at this particular time in their life."

Water is very important for the peaches at this point in the process, because they are sizing and ready to be picked shortly after.   

With almost no rainfall its important for farmers to have a regular irrigation system in place. Thompson says he also makes sure to keep his cover crop up and not to mow it down in order to keep the sun's reflection off the fruit. 

These conditions are something every farmer must deal with each year, however Thompson says he's looking forward to a good crop this season and the heat isn't anything he can't handle. 

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