Early Ice and Snowstorm Hits the Southern Plains

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I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

Farmers are checking for damage after a massive ice storm hit parts of Oklahoma, Northern Texas, and on into New Mexico. Check out this video from Hoffman Pecan Farm in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Crews there shaking the ice out of the trees, telling us there’s quite a bit of damage, but they don’t believe they lost any trees. Almost an inch of ice accumulated in the state, taking down limbs and power lines. It’s reported more than 300-thousand customers were without power in what has become the earliest ice storm ever recorded in Oklahoma. And look at this picture taken northeast of Lubbock, Texas, Lloyd Arthur, a cotton and wheat farmer, sharing a picture of ice covering his crops.

About a quarter of the wine grapes in Sonoma County, California will go unpicked this year. That’s according to the Sonoma County Winegrowers organization. It says wildfires and pandemic-related economic troubles led to the losses. The hit could cost more than 150-million dollars. More than 70-percent of farmers surveyed by the group say at least some of their grapes will go unpicked or be rejected by wineries due to wildfires or smoke damage. But in northern Michigan, a much different story. Vineyard managers are expecting a solid grape crop this year. One farm saying the fruit, for the most part, has been exceptional. The area expects to wrap up its grape harvest by the middle of November.

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