People that don’t grow food don’t usually think about freezes wiping out crops or farmers, they just go to the store and expect the veggies to be there. Some farms that truly are family farms, not ones that have a picture of a barn on their product and plant hundreds or thousands of acres, will not make it through severe weather. Keep in mind that food doesn’t grow on shelves with misters above them.
Today was the first day of school for our youngster after the Christmas break. I had expected to really get rolling again on my projects. However the onset of temperatures in the teens with high winds put those projects back some. That is the way it is on a farm, some routine days turn out different than planned just like life.
We covered and double covered some things. The citrus, also has bales of hay around the trunks of the trees.
For the most part the animals are not bothered much by the cold. The cows head for the woods where it is a bit warmer out of the wind. The sheep and goats have their usual cozy night pens. The rabbits go underground. The chickens, guineas, turkeys, and ducks seem unfazed. We had chickens when we lived in Vermont, one of them lost a toe to frostbite, but they seemed to enjoy the snow. The peafowl has most likely found a place that is less windy. The horses and mule go into the woods or in the barn, their choice. The dogs and cat come inside.
Another little item that my northern friends and family may not think of when we have what they might think of as a warm spell, is our southern homes were not built to make living in these temperatures very comfortable. Our house was built in 1850 and it is not that air tight. The kitchen is nice and cozy with the wood stove. Stay warm and I hope everyone's crops stay warm enough.