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Bitter Winter Affecting Ohio Growers

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The bitterly cold winter is making things tougher for Ohio growers - and that could translate to higher food prices later in the year.

The sub-zero temperatures caused Ohio wine-grape, blackberry and peach growers to lose much of this year's crop.

The value of the crops lost to the cold weather hasn't been determined. Laboratories are analyzing grapevines, blackberry canes and strawberry plants for damage. And, of course, the winter is not over yet.

Mitch Lynd, owner of Lynd Fruit Farm east of Columbus, says he likely lost most of the fruit on his 3,000 peach trees when temperatures fell well below zero.

Local consumers could end up paying more, but global competition tends to keep prices down.

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