Farmers: Cooler Summer temperatures benefit crops

Farmers: Cooler Summer temperatures benefit crops

TYLER (KYTX) - Although things have started warming up over the past few days farmers say with the cooler than usual summer temperatures -- crops have been thriving...allowing for a longer growing season.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey spoke to a farmer -- who says after a harsh winter this cooler summer is much-appreciated.

On weekends at the Tyler Farmers Market, farmer Tim Buckley sells fruit and produce.

"I enjoy growing stuff for people."

He's been farming since he was a kid, and knows that each crop isn't always guaranteed to be a success.

"You're up against cold weather, you're up against drought, you can get too much rain, and then the vermin like the wild hogs, they'll wipe you out. I've had that happen," said Buckley

During this years winter months, the extreme cold weather caused major problems across the country for farmers. In some cases causing a little damage, to all out destroying cold weather crops like onions and peaches and oranges.

"The onion crop was about half this year and it was attributed to the cold weather."

But this summer, he's been able to recoup some of his loses since the sun and rain has been on his side.

"It benefits everything, it keeps stuff from burning up even if you're watering you still the hot weather it can only take so much water and we've had a lot of rain and that helped too."

Having a good season benefits farmer Buckley, but also people like Phil and Linda Dempsey who prefer home grown goods.

"Fresh items, not as many chemicals and preservative and we kinda see what we're getting and where it comes from," said Phil.

"The fruit and the vegetables are so fresh i meant you can pick up a tomato here and tell the difference from when you buy it at the store," said Linda.

Buckley said he'll take this good weather as long as he can. 

"I guess it's in your blood... you just keep doing it."

Buckley says -- although summer crops have become more available. The crops lost during the winter growing season will remain low -- until the new season rolls around.


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