FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) - Russ Studebaker hasn't slept in two days. He has to do whatever it takes to keep his peach farm alive.
The enemy, is the cold weather.
Temperatures dipping below freezing in late March is rare.
"Especially at the stage the peaches are in now," Studebaker said, "they're very vulnerable and you want to keep it above 28 and hopefully about 30 degrees."
Studebaker, a Fredericksburg-area peach farmer, has burned 40 bails of hay and a giant pile of brush the last two nights to keep his crop warm.
From there, he's had to get creative on how to warm the whole farm.
"We'll use that heat from the hay and use a helicopter," he said, "and a wind machine to push the inversion layer back down into the orchard."
The wind machine is a 50-foot-tall propane powered fan used to circulate warmth.
"It revolves every four and a half minutes," Studebaker said. "It pushes air around the orchard from a tower."
Studebaker says the trees will need to make it through eight more weeks before the peaches will be ready to pick, and he'll be watching for forecast closely.
Now that the latest freeze has passed, Studebaker is hoping to catch up on the sleep he missed the past two days.
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