TN tomato farmers hope for cooler temperatures

5:35 PM, Jun 7, 2012   |    comments
This is a view of The Hubert Williams Farm in Grainger County.
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Tomato farmers in East Tennessee are hoping for a mild summer.

The Hubert Williams Farm in Grainger County planted their first crop three weeks early this year due to a warm spring.  As a result, ripe tomatoes filled vines on the farm several weeks early.

Knox County Extension said all crops are early this year in the 10News viewing area.

Growing season could be longer or shorter depending on the heat.

"For the consumer, the prices will be favorable because everybody has a lot of stuff ready at once," said Knox County UT Extension Agent David Vandergriff.  "The bad side is how crops will hold up in the summer.  That is uncertain because it has been hot and has been dry in a lot of places."

The Hubert Williams Farm currently has two of four tomato crops planted.

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