Farmers paying up for cold conditions

PASCO, Wash. -- More regional farmers are shelling out the dough to prevent the harmful effects of these wintry conditions. And it may mean a jump in prices for you down the road.

One farmer says it costs him $28,000 to heat ten acres. As you can imagine, that adds up quickly. He says the past few winters have been abnormally cold. He tells us that other farmers are adding boilers or sprinklers to combat the frost and chilly temps.

"At the end of the year, if you don't have a crop to begin with, then you still have all the input costs regarding fertilizer, frost control, water power, fertility, all these other issues," said Middleton Organic Specialty Foods farmer Gary Middleton.

Final prices for crops like blueberries or cherries have not yet been decided.