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Fruit growers welcome cold, snow this weekend

Santaquin, Utah (News4Utah) - This warm winter has put the growing season in jeopardy for our state's growers, but they are looking forward to the forecasted cold weather and snow.

"It's an answer to prayer. We've been praying for snow, for colder temperatures," said Chad Rowley with Payson Fruit Growers.

Rowley and others have been watching the warm temperatures this winter -- worried about what it could mean for their fruit.

"We've had such warm temperatures, that makes you start to get nervous," said Rowley.

"You're always worried that the fruit buds will start to develop, and get too far developed," he added.

Too far developed, too soon, could make them easier to fall victim to a paralyzing frost.

It's why growers are hoping the cold weather forecasted for the weekend helps put the brakes on the process -- and keeps the buds from developing any more quickly than they already have.

"We need these colder temperatures to slow these trees down," said Rowley.

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