Harsh winter rough on local crops - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Harsh winter rough on local crops

Posted: Updated:
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Sports Persons of the Week: Jacqueline & Kimmie Rushford

    Sports Persons of the Week: Jacqueline & Kimmie Rushford

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:50:06 GMT
    Our Sports Persons of the Week are Deridder Track and Field stars Jacqueline and Kimmie Rushford. Jacq, a Northwestern State signee, placed 3rd in the 2000 meter steeple chase with a time of 7.51.16 at the USATF National Junior Olympics while her sister Kimmie finished 2nd in Pole Vaulting, jumping her best height of 12' 1.5".The Lady Dragon grad was also a 4 year letter winner and a 6-time district champion while the upcoming junior the the returning district champ in pole vaulting, long and...More >>
    Our Sports Persons of the Week are Deridder Track and Field stars Jacqueline and Kimmie Rushford. Jacq, a Northwestern State signee, placed 3rd in the 2000 meter steeple chase with a time of 7.51.16 at the USATF National Junior Olympics while her sister Kimmie finished 2nd in Pole Vaulting, jumping her best height of 12' 1.5".The Lady Dragon grad was also a 4 year letter winner and a 6-time district champion while the upcoming junior the the returning district champ in pole vaulting, long and...More >>
  • McNeese Baseball hosts All-Skills Youth Camp

    McNeese Baseball hosts All-Skills Youth Camp

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 10:46 PM EDT2014-07-31 02:46:31 GMT
    Head Coach Justin Hill wanted to gather young baseball players, get them out at Cowboy Diamond, and teach the basics of baseball. The kids got to learn from not only MSU coaches, but also from the players they look up to. Coach Hill says its really a chance to give back to the Cowboy faithful."I think it's a big thing. Our guys really like working these camps because they get a chance to interact with the fans a lot closer and they get to learn from the kids and the kids get to learn from the...More >>
    Head Coach Justin Hill wanted to gather young baseball players, get them out at Cowboy Diamond, and teach the basics of baseball. The kids got to learn from not only MSU coaches, but also from the players they look up to. Coach Hill says its really a chance to give back to the Cowboy faithful."I think it's a big thing. Our guys really like working these camps because they get a chance to interact with the fans a lot closer and they get to learn from the kids and the kids get to learn from the...More >>
  • Suspect in 2008 death, rape of Lake Charles woman in custody

    Suspect in 2008 death, rape of Lake Charles woman in custody

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:59 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:59:20 GMT
    Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara, the man wanted in connection with the 2008 murder and rape of a Lake Charles woman, has been captured and is in custody in Calcasieu Parish.More >>
    Jose Manuel Garcia-Guevara, the man wanted in connection with the 2008 murder and rape of a Lake Charles woman, has been captured and is in custody in Calcasieu Parish.More >>
(Toledo News Now) -

Anyone looking forward to peach cobbler, peaches and cream, or just taking a bite out of that sweet fruit this spring may be in for a disappointment. This cold winter has had a big impact on local crops.

The apple and peach trees are bare at Bergman Orchards in Lakeside Marblehead. That's common for this time of year, but what you can't see is inside each of the little buds, is a frozen core.

Farmers say that's what will make all the difference between a prosperous growing season and nothing growing at all.

As a fifth-generation farmer, Barry Bergman has made it through some tough seasons and pretty much seen it all, until this winter.
"The coldest sustained sub-freezing temperatures I've ever seen!" he said

So many days of subzero temperatures has Bergman and his family a bit worried to see what spring and summer will bring.

"They are sensitive," he said. "And I can see a lot of damage already in the stone fruit."

He's hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Bergman says if the temperature stays in the single digits or negative this winter, local farmers may have to consider importing their produce from outside the area.

"We promote our other fruits and vegetables that we do have even more. If it's not there, it's not there," Bergman said. "There's not a whole lot that you can do."

He says his crop has surprised him in the past and weathered through some pretty rough winters, but only time will tell if we can expect the same results this year.

Mobile users, click on the "Video" button in the app to watch this story. Download our app here.

Copyright 2014 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow