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USA - Central Texas farmers get first look at storm aftermath

Texas farmers harvested as much produce as they could before the historic storm that hit the state with a five-day deep freeze, and now that fields have thawed, they are seeing just how many crops they lost.

At F Stop Farm in Manor, that was everything. “We won’t have harvestable produce for four weeks,” farmer Ryan Farnau said Sunday. “It’s going to be tough. We’re going to have to reset.”

At Hat and Heart Farm in Fredericksburg, farmer Bradley Ottmers said Sunday that the onions and garlic will recover, and some of the kale “weathered the storm,” but cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, chard and carrots are a total loss. “Everything else is frozen, dead and rotting,” he said.

Greenhouses and high tunnels saved some area crops, but not all of them. Gabriel Valley Farms in Georgetown, which provides transplants to many local farms and nurseries, lost two unheated greenhouses’ worth of plants, but everything in the heated houses was saved.

Source – https://www.austin360.com