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Farmers scrambling to harvest crops after freeze


FARMERS SCRAMBLING. MANY WEREN )T DONE HARVESTING THEIR CROPS. AND NOW MANY ARE LOOKING AT A LOSS. NEWS 13 )S COREY KING REPORTS FROM CHAVES COUNTY. COLD WEATHER SWOOPED INTO THE STATE LAST WEEK…WITH OVERNIGHT LOWS JUST BELOW FREEZING. THAT IS NOT GOOD FOR CROPS. that )s kinda our main concern when the freeze comes in. once we get a freeze we have about 24 hours, before the chili is ruined.. THAT PUT SOME FARMERS IN CHAVES COUNTY IN A RACE AGAINST TIME , TRYING TO HARVEST EVERYTHING THEY COULD BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE. FARMERS REPORTED THE MOST DAMAGE TO SMALLER PLANTS AND GRASSES. WHILE SOME HARDIER CROPS CAN SURVIVE A LITTLE LONGER, NOT THE GREEN CHILE. but with the chili I took a hit this year. I didn )t have enough help to get my chili out of the field. and so, when the frost came, most of It was in the field. USDA OFFICIALS SAY FARMERS DOING THEIR BEST TO PREPARE FOR THE SHIFT IN WEATHER, BUT IT )S SOMETIMES HARD TO TIME IT PERFECTLY. COREY KING KRQE NEWS 13. CORN, WHEAT AND BARLEY ARE USUALLY HARVESTED BY MID OCTOBER SO THEY BEAT THE FROST, THE BIGGEST IMPACTS HAVE BEEN ON THE ALFALFA AND GREEN CHILE CROPS.

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