Officials: Farmers Dodged a Bullet with Cold Weather

By: John Rogers Email
By: John Rogers Email

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Agriculture officials say the sharp drop in temperatures overnight did not cause extensive crop damage.

Vegetables like cucumbers and bell peppers are vulnerable when frost forms, but officials say the frost didn't remain long enough to cause harm.

But they say windy conditions that came with the cold snap could also damage crops.

They say these winds can damage the leaves of the crops.

Lowndes Co. Extension Agent Jake Price says, "If you lose a lot of leaves, you lose a lot of food production or sugar production and your crop yields can decrease, its just dependent on how many leaves you lose so the more foliage lost, the worse the problem could be."

Officials say farmers won't know the full extent of the leaf damage for another few days.

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