Cold weather causes big grape losses

ERIE, PA - Early warm weather this year followed by frosts in western Pennsylvania are making farmers there nervous.

Growers in western Pennsylvania are concerned the early warm weather - followed by frosts in March, caused major damage to crops.

Some farmers say they have lost 80 to 90% of their fruit crops.  Representatives from the National Grape Cooperative say this may be the worst frost damage to grapes in over 30 years.

It's too early to tell what effect that could have on consumers.  California grows the vast majority of U.S. grapes and was unaffected by the warm weather that turned to frost.

According to the website, Pennsylvania is the fifth largest producer of winegrapes in the U.S. and the third largest producer of juice grapes.

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