Cold temperatures freeze growth on spring crops

Ben Williams of Millgrove Farms in Georgetown County has been farming for thirty years, and he says this spring has been one of the toughest for growing and harvesting produce.

"After last year when we had such a warm spring and this year we had such a cold spring, it just caught me off-guard," Williams said.

Once ground temperatures drop below forty degrees at night, vegetables like turnips, kale, broccoli and cabbage can't grow, he said.

This makes it hard for him to sell his product to stores and restaurants.

"It affects the business as far as the ability to supply the demand that's there. And the demand is there. We just don't have the supply right now," Williams said.

The cold weather has not only affected his produce, but his poultry as well.

"It takes about eight weeks to take them from a little baby chicken to slaughter size. And I'm in the eighth week on one group of chickens right now, and it's still gonna be another couple of weeks before they'll be ready for slaughter," Williams said.

Aside from looking into ways to protect future crops from cold weather damage, Williams said the only thing he can do now is wait for warmer weather to arrive.