Canada’s East Coast farms devastated by record cold

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Canada’s East Coast farms devastated by record cold

Post  kelee877 on Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:37 am

Unusual “killer” frost causes widespread damage to crops in the Maritimes – more than 90% losses in some areas.
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Ian Hubbard, a meteorologist at Environment Canada, said record lows were set early Monday. In Kentville, Nova Scotia, the temperature dropped to almost -2 C. In other areas, it plunged to -5 C.

Gerry McConnell, founder of Benjamin Bridge vineyards, said the frost caused significant damage to his wine grapes in the Gaspereau Valley.

“The temperatures across Nova Scotia did drop down to -2 C and in some places -4 C. Those are killer frost temperatures,” said McConnell.

Curtis Millen, a strawberry and blueberry farmer in Great Village, Nova Scotia, who has a water system to warm his strawberries, estimated that one-third of his strawberry crop would be damaged, adding that other farmers without the overhead water system have incurred much greater losses. His blueberry losses are even more extensive, he said.

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