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Severe frost hits crops in central west NSW

Skye Manson, Wednesday October 16, 2013 - 12:49 EDT
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The earliest bud burst in 40 years left vineyards in parts of inland NSW more vulnerable to frosts in October. - ABC

A bad frost is expected to have caused significant damage to grain and grape crops in central-west New South Wales.

Temperatures on farms to the south-west of Cowra plummeted to minus 4.7 degrees early on Tuesday morning.

Elders agronomist Mark Hinderager says the full extent of damage won't be known until harvest in a few weeks' time.

"Yeah, this is a bad frost. (We were) especially not expecting a middle of October frost," he said.

"A bit pie in the sky right now, but probably a 40 to 50 per cent average (loss) with that kind of frost."


© ABC 2013

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