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Wisconsin requests federal disaster relief for crop losses following May freeze
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Wisconsin requests federal disaster relief for crop losses following May freeze

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Apple Harvest

While a late-spring frost didn't have a major impact on this year's apple crop at Northwoods Orchard near Mauston, Wisconsin, the skin of some apples grew a yellow strip due to cold temperatures. The discoloration does not affect the taste and most apples grew to normal size.

Gov. Scott Walker has requested federal disaster relief for growers in 10 Wisconsin counties, following killer freezing temperatures that hit those counties in May.

The request was made to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on behalf of agricultural producers in Chippewa, Columbia, Eau Claire, Jackson, Jefferson, Pierce, Polk, Sauk, St. Croix and Trempealeau counties.

The request wasn’t made until now because growers had to see how much their harvests were affected by the frost and freezing temperatures the nights of May 13-14. Walker’s office said.

“Wisconsin producers are in need of assistance from USDA to help them deal with their losses,” Walker said in a letter to Vilsack. “I ask that you respond quickly with the designation so the affected producers may obtain relief.”

Growers suffered losses of 30 percent or more in a variety of crops, including apples, asparagus, blueberries, hops and strawberries, Walker said in the letter.

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