Texas Farmers Tally Up the Damage From a Winter Storm ‘Massacre’


Givanna Shqair, Journalist

          A huge snow storm hit the state of Texas and severely damaged crops, houses, and farms in the past couple of weeks. Texas has lost an estimate of $600 million dollars and some of it was due to crop and livestock failure, which can lead to higher prices beyond Texas. 


         “The Winter storm struck the whole state and caused a severe shipping and processing bottleneck that continues to really challenge the food chain.” (par 4, Kim Severson) The storm also killed many animals such as newborn calves, baby chickens, and many chicken eggs so now they won’t hatch. It damaged many acres of newly planted watermelons too. It also took out nearly the whole crop of Valencia Oranges and the ice destroyed trees that were just starting to grow as well as damaging the older ones that were starting to bud. That means you have to replant everything and it takes more time. Lots of animals were killed and the total number that froze to death has yet to be counted. “It was around the clock, all hands on deck, trying to keep the animals alive,” Mr Miller said. The state’s 1,500 acres of chipping potatoes, green crops, and even strawberries, wine grapes, and berries, were all gone.  Vegetable growers are still trying hard to replant every single crop that was destroyed. The onion crops are the most concerning because the freeze hurt the onions and now they are growing differently. The cabbage crops were not wiped out by the storm completely, but were damaged enough to reduce supplies which would cost more money. They are trying to grow crops again but most of them are completely covered with ice. This happened because on February 15, they planted about 2,000 acres when the temperature dropped to 21 degrees and it caused lots of ice to cover everything. The workers working those days tried to fix and re-plant all the crops because the vegetables could not be harvested. The company (Little Bear Produce)  had about 800 people in the job and they tried their best to keep them all working.

Swiss chard once destined to be sold under the Little Bear brand looked as if it had melted in the sun after a deep freeze hit Texas in mid-February.