Heavy Crop Losses Reported In Southeast After Frigid Weather

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - As much as 90 percent of Kentucky's peach and apple crops may have been destroyed by last weekend's frigid temperatures, though state officials caution the figures are preliminary.

Heavy crop losses are being reported throughout the Southeast, confirming fears that some fruit farms were nearly wiped out by the cold weather.

In South Carolina, at least 90 percent of the peach crop was destroyed and officials said they'll seek federal aid.

In Georgia, farmers and agriculture officials were still assessing the damage, but the weekend freeze may have wiped out more than half the state's peach crop.

Alabama and Kentucky are still compiling loss estimates, but Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer has asked Governor Fletcher to seek federal disaster relief, saying in a statement that apples and peaches were devastated.

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