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Extreme Weather Damages Local Crops

In Wall, Farmers are assessing crop damage from high winds, hail and heavy rain, and the loss is looking substantial. Tuesday, was the first day our local farmers market cancelled in over 14 years.
In Wall, Farmers are assessing crop damage from high winds, hail and heavy rain, and the loss is looking substantial. Tuesday, was the first day our local farmers market canceled in over 14 years.

For the first time in the Concho Valley Farmers Market history, vendors were forced to cancel the regularly scheduled event.

President of the Concho Valley Farmers Market, Margie Jackson, says on average vendors can sell $1,000 worth of produce.

"We'll lose money. We'll lose pretty good money on the Farmers Market, but like I said it'll come back," Jackson said.

Jackson says she hopes to salvage at least 30% of her produce.

"The wind did more damage than the hail. That wind was just too powerful, and these little plants are just too tender and they couldn't handle that hight wind," Jackson said.

"The green, the lettuce, and the herbs and stuff they took a real toll on that," Jackson said.

Over $700 worth of onions were planted in September, but due to this weekends extreme weather conditions the majority of the green onions are damaged.

Jackson says this weekends rain was too much too fast for her produce, but a plus for local farmers.

"It couldn't have been a better time for them to get this rain, because they start planting cotton in June," Jackson said.

The grand opening of the Farmers Market is currently set for June 21st, but Jackson says it may be pushed back due to the weather damage.
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