Wineries Expect Tiny Harvest Following Freeze

1 decade 8 months 3 weeks ago Monday, September 03 2007 Sep 3, 2007 Monday, September 03, 2007 12:50:44 PM CDT September 03, 2007 in News
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ST. JAMES (AP) - A combination of the Easter freeze and increased losses of fruit to birds has left Missouri's wineries predicting a tiny harvest this year and big economic losses. Vineyards across the state are reporting 85 to 100 percent losses of certain types of grapes while the overall loss is estimated to be at around 60 percent. Agricultural officials are still assessing the damage, but they say losses could reach $3 million. Wine enthusiasts likely won't see much difference as wineries buy grapes from other states to make up the difference. But that doesn't lessen the economic bite. Abnormally warm temperatures in March and April led many grape vines to spread leaves and buds early. But a cold front blew through in the days leading up to Easter, damaging fruit and even cracking open vines.

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