We saw our lowest temperatures of the year Tuesday night, less than two weeks after we had near record highs.
With this unpredictable weather, one Fort Mill farmer told Eyewitness News about the steps he's taking to protect his crops and his profits.
Crews spent the day pruning peach trees at Springs Farm in Fort Mill.
The below-freezing temperatures Tuesday night were no problem for the peaches, but did create concern for Ron Edwards' strawberry crops.
"We had to put our row covers on to protect them with the temperatures dipping down. We didn't want to take a chance on injuring the plant," he said.
Most farmers do whatever they can to protect their crops.
We were at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville last year, where the owner used an irrigation system to keep his strawberries from freezing after a sudden cold snap hit the area in early April.
Edwards has the same system in place at his farm as well and for the last two seasons he also decided to alter some of his crops.
He started planting day neutral strawberries.
"We couldn't believe the taste this time of year," he said.
The day neutral strawberries require less sunlight than more common varieties. He plants them in September and they are ready to pick and sell by November or December. Most strawberries are planted around October and don't bloom until spring.
Edwards said these day neutral strawberries offer a second financial benefit because after they are picked in November or December, the same strawberry crop will bloom again in the spring, offering twice the profit for the cost of one batch.
He has two acres of day neutral strawberries right now and plans to increase to six next year.
With the surprisingly mild winters and sudden cold snaps into the spring, Edwards said he'd rather be creative than caught off-guard.
"If you're not prepared, you could lose a crop overnight," he said.