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Farmers Still Checking for Damage from Cold Snap

posted on March 30, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Fruit plants budding and blooming weeks

earlier than usual were damaged by frigid temperatures this week,

but farmers in the Great Lakes and Northeast say they're still

assessing the toll and some crop loss won't be apparent until


     Some say strong winds that aren't generally seen on frosty,

still winter nights likely prevented catastrophic damage by mixing

warmer air with the chill that settled closer to the ground.

     The cold set in Tuesday night after trees, vines and bushes woke

up early during a stretch of record-breaking March warmth - a freak

combination that had farmers and experts worried because they'd

never seen anything like it.

     While some growers remain cautious, others say they're

optimistic and have turned to trying to figure out why the damage

wasn't worse.


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