10:51 P.M MST
The national weather service has issued a freeze warning update for Yuma County. The warning will run until 9 A.M MST Tuesday morning and officials are saying temperatures could dip down into the lower 20’s. People are recommended to bring in their plants, which can be particularly sensitive to the cold, as local farmers are finding out the hard way.
Lettuce crops have been hit hard by the freeze, as the chilly weather has caused crop yields to drop, and therefore prices have gone up. Phil Townsend, a pest control advisor, says the plants value has already been severely affected.
“The quality of the plant just isn’t as high because of the frost damage,” he said.
Despite the effects on quality, the demand for winter vegetables has not gone down, and therefore prices continue to rise.
“Prices have basically doubled. At this time last year we were shipping cartons of lettuce for 8 to 10 dollars, and right now it’s more than doubled to 20 to 25 dollars a carton.”
Supplies are going to be limited for the next couple weeks, so farmers are saying not to expect a price dip anytime soon.