Farmers count cost of extreme winter

|By:, SA News Editor

Crop growers across the nation have begun to assess the damage from the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfalls that the U.S. suffered this winter.

The  Department of Agriculture has already forecast that the cost of fresh fruit will rise 2.5-3.5% this year.

"The worst thing is it may have damaged not just the buds but trees and vines, which would have a longer-term impact," says Ken Nye of the Michigan Farm Bureau.