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US (SC): Blueberry crops 'hit hard' by weekend freeze resulting in significant losses

Farmers in the Carolinas are assessing crop damage after a late-season deep freeze this past weekend. When temperatures dropped to 20 degrees Sunday morning in the Charlotte metro, some crops that were unable to withstand the freezing temperatures were lost for the rest of the season. 

At The Ivy Place, a farm in Lancaster, South Carolina, 80% of the blueberry crop was lost. Unfortunately, blueberry crops only bloom once per year and do not have a second chance at recovery.

“What made it bad was the length of time that it was as cold as it was, and where the stage of the plants were. They were early this year," said Stuart Graham with the Ivy Place. The freezing temperatures combined with gusty winds, meant it felt like 14 degrees in Lancaster early Sunday morning.

The same farm lost about 50% of their strawberry blooms, crops they hope could rebloom later. If this happens, they will be able to recover at least some of the lost inventory.

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