August 7, 2022

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Western Slope farmers burn wood all night to save crop from spring freeze

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OLATHE — It’s 10 minutes after 2 early Thursday morning and Kerry Mattics inspects a thermometer hanging on a deer fence that surrounds his family’s fruit orchard.

Twenty-seven degrees.

“It’s go time,” he says. “The bottom just fell out.”

The mercury had dropped a full three degrees in just a few minutes, as a thin layer of clouds melted away. With the sudden dip in temperature, Mattics climbs aboard an ATV armed with a propane torch. In the darkness ahead of him, rows of flowering peach, apricot and plum trees now sit below the stars freezing, and each lost degree is costing him money.

Olathe farmer Kerry Mattics checks the outside air temperature on a thermometer outside his family’s fruit orchard. (Photos by William Woody, Special to The Colorado Sun)
A thermometer…

William Woody

2022-04-15 04:21:00

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