Growers hit hard by a devastating spring frost could be getting some relief soon.
Gov. Scott Walker asked the USDA for a disaster declaration for 10 western Wisconsin counties including Trempealeau, Jackson, Chippewa and Eau Claire that were hit hard by a mid-May frost. The cold temperatures, as low as 25 degrees during a two-day period, damaged fruit crops such as grapes, berries and apples, along with asparagus and hops.
If the USDA grants the disaster declaration, growers affected by the frost will be able to get some relief in the form of low-interest loans, Chippewa County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent Jerry Clark said. The agriculture department will also be able to get a better picture of the damage as farmers report this year’s numbers compared with previous yields.
Read more in the La Crosse Tribune.