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Below freezing temperatures damage SC crops

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Below freezing temperatures have damaged crops for some local farmers.

Clayton Rawl Farms in Lexington was able to cover some of their greens to protect them from the weather, but they couldn't cover everything.

The say their greens, onions and cabbage were damaged.

The folks at City Roots in Columbia covered their lettuce inside a high tunnel with row coverings. They say it saved their crop.

But the wind ripped the covering off another tent exposing other vegetables to freezing temperatures. They estimate a $3,000 to $5,000 loss.

"They're going to have some damage but we really won't know until it warms up and we can go out and asses it," Agricultural Commissioner Hugh Weathers. "We've seen and have earlier reports of farmers that they are experiencing some damages and one reported to us, it's the biggest cold weather challenge he's had in 30 years."

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