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SC Ag Commissioner Outlines Freeze Damage from First Winter Storm of the Year

The new year brought in an arctic blast that a lot of plants that are in the ground now, probably didn’t care for.

South Carolina Ag Commissioner Hugh Weathers:
“That cold weather came though like a train. Then it was gone and 70 degrees. Our crops got some damage and the farmers probably know how severe it is. We learned that there was damage across the state.
Greens, young plants, that don’t have cover were the worst off. How many that need to be pulled up is not known yet. But those who covered or have the high tunnel barns, they seemed to see some help from that. One farmer had a 12 degree difference form under the barn and outside, that is significant.
Down in Charleston, they really never see that kind of weather and could have been unprepared. The Ambrose family farm reported some damage as did others.
There will be benefits from the cold weather, one will be insect reduction. Our peach trees do need those cold temperatures for an extended period of time for the crop to set for the following year. So for others like our grains, weather like this won’t have a big impact.”'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.