::Freeze Causes $111 Million In Crop Damage
From NCDA Wire Reports
Friday, April 13, 2007
RALEIGH - According to the NC Department of Agriculture, last weekend's weather where temperatures dropped to as low as 26 degrees in the Triangle and lower in other areas of the state caused an estimated $111 million in crop losses in North Carolina.
Some areas even received snow, which is something fairly rare in April in the state.
NC Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said yesterday the damage reports were based on initial reports from all 100 counties
"This is a staggering preliminary estimate," Troxler said in a released statement. "The Easter weekend freeze affected crops in the mountains, at the coast and everywhere in between. It could be days, even weeks, before we know the true extent of the damage."
The damage estimate comes from reports submitted by U.S. Farm Service Agency offices in counties across North Carolina.
According to the reports, nursery crops suffered the highest losses at $57.9 million while apples, peaches and various berries, suffered estimated losses of $26.5 million.
Other crops affected by the freeze included corn, wheat, barley and Irish potatoes.
Troxler said he encouraged farmers to contact their local cooperative extension agent or Farm Service Agency office to report damage. County reports are vital to obtaining thorough damage estimates, he said.
"We are trying to determine the full extent of losses in the state, plus find out which losses were insured and which were not," Troxler said in his statements. ::