N.C. Crop Losses From Cold Snap Top 112 Million Dollars

An unusually icy Easter weekend could end
up costing North Carolina as much as 112 million dollars in
crop losses. That's the word Thursday from the state Agriculture
Department.
Preliminary estimates from across the state show the worst
losses were sustained in nursery crops, which lost 57.9 million dollars worth of crop. The department says
26.5 million dollars worth of fruits and vegetables
also were damaged past saving.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said farmers should continue to report losses so the state can get a complete picture of losses.
The Farm Bureau says the freezing weather could affect North
Carolina crops for years to come. The organization says the cold
snap was particularly damaging because it was preceded by unusually
warm weather that got plants out of their winter dormancy much more
rapidly than normal.


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