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Purdue: Late cold snap didn't damage state crops

April 22, 2016

Purdue University agricultural experts say Indiana's winter wheat, forage and fruit crops appear to have survived the blast of cold weather that struck earlier in April.

Temperatures fell below freezing throughout the state during a 10-day cold snap from April 2-12. Fruit trees had already started to bud in southern Indiana and the low temperatures brought fears of crop loss.

Purdue extension educator Amanda Mosiman in Warrick County said there was a little bit of damage, but nothing severe enough to reduce yield. Specialists say enough time has passed since the freeze that any damage would be noticeable.

The Indiana State Climate Office said temperatures rebounded quickly and have been at or above seasonal average. Forecasters say that could last through the rest of April, providing good conditions for planting.

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