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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The cold weather is making it difficult for farmers.

We've had lows of about 16 [degrees] the past couple of days, which is like borderline to the point of damaging the plant, said Kevin Hall, owner of Hall Family Farm in Charlotte.

Hall and his wife, Lara, have been growing strawberries at the Hall Family Farm for the past three seasons. They've experienced their share of cold snaps before, but not like this one where it's been this cold, for this long.

We're worried this time about the cold because our strawberry plants can be damaged and, in fact, be killed at temperatures at about 10 degrees, said Hall.

The two acres of strawberries are their livelihood and losing them would be devastating.

That's all of our income and that's all that we base our shopping, groceries, our livelihood off of, said Lara Hall.

That's why they're doing all they can to protect the crops. They've covered some of them with a cloth.

It just rests right on top of the strawberry plants, and we weigh it down with bags of rocks to keep the wind from blowing off of it, said Kevin Hall. Having that cover over it is like putting a jacket on you. It helps keep the plants warm.

He said they also have to make sure the irrigation system and pipes are protected.

We have to drain all the water out of those well before we get to these freezing temperatures, because at 16 degrees every one of those pieces of equipment would crack or explode due to the freezing ice, he said.

And with more cold temperatures in the forecast, Hall says all they can do now is just wait and hope for the best.

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