Strawberry farmer covered one-fifth of his plants

1/5/2014 6:15 PM
By Associated Press

HUNGARIAN SETTLEMENT, La. (AP) — Livingston Parish strawberry farmer Frank Fekete (FEK-uh-tee) says he's covered about one-fifth of his 50,000 strawberry plants to protect them from intense cold tonight and tomorrow. He says the rest were planted later and in less danger.

Fekete has 5 acres in strawberries and another 20 acres in crops such as cabbage, broccoli, beets and onions, in the Livingston Parish community of Hungarian Settlement. He says there's too much to cover everything.

The LSU AgCenter advised homeowners to harvest any broccoli, cauliflower, fava beans or peas that are ready.

Fekete says he harvested his broccoli before a December freeze.

He compares weather it to playing craps in a casino. He says Monday night might be, as he puts it, "a crap-out night."

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