Colorado Frost Damage Unknown

Published online: Jun 19, 2001
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Damages from last week's storm that dumped 10 inches of snow on Southern Colorado mountains and left freezing temperatures in the valleys are yet to be determined.

San Luis Valley's 75,000 acres of potatoes, up to 10-12 inches in height, were blackened by the 26-28-degree F frost that hit the area two-to-three nights.

The record lows damaged foliage. However, growers say it is still too early to know how bad the damage really is. Most growers think it was very damaging and will delay the crop substantially.

The 43,000 acres of Coors malting barley was also damaged, again with no exact damage estimates.