So Friday last week, October 21, we woke up to very cold temps. In the night the guys took turns making rounds to check sprinklers. It was FROST WATCH!! When the temp dips down low, pumps are turned on and sprinklers run all night to keep the berries from freezing. Someone then drives up and down the roadt to check and make sure sprinkler heads aren't clogged with grass, ice (if its cold enough) and I heard that there was a minnow clogging one the other night. They also check for pipes that may be disconnected. They just want to make sure there is a constent spray of water getting to the berries so they stay protected. Usually someone goes out every couple of hours. Friday night, the sprinklers were turned on pretty early. I think between 10 and 11:00 p.m. Bob turned them on. Jess took a round around 2:00 a.m. And Jim took another round around 5:00. The sprinklers stayed on until just before 8:00, which made it possible for me to go out and take some pictures. Even though the pictures are pretty, they certainly don't do justice to what we see looking across the beds, seeing the sprinklers all running in sync, seeing the mist rise in the sunlight peeking up at the horizion. Its gorgeous!!
As the sun rose, the temps did too, but there was ice in the beds and the guys were unable to pick until it was melted. They finally got started around 11:00. A 3 hour delay puts them behind by a bed. But once they got started, it went well for them.
Bob said that he hasn't had to run the pumps very much this year, but he has watched the temps go up and down plenty. I remember several years in the past that the nights of frost watch have been plentiful. There was even one year that the sprinklers ran for 3 days straight. I'm thankful we haven't had too many frost watch days, or should I say nights, this year.