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Frost Kills 70-100% of Northern Mexico’s Produce

February 9, 2011

UPDATE FEBRUARY 15, 2011
WSJ REPORTS Suppliers are scrambling to find other sources for cucumbers, tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, and eggplant. Florida is reporting a 25lb case of tomatoes at $30 per. Here in San Diego some remain as high as $50 per. Restaurants like the Souplantation are substituting edamame, tofu, feta cheese, and other items to offset the shortage. The shortage is expected last through April when new crops will be harvested.

ORIGINAL POST
On our local Channel Ten News last night I heard this: severe frost has killed 70-100% of northern Mexico’s produce. We are already feeling the affects here as tomatoes are going for $50.00 a case! One more reason to GROW YOUR OWN.

This is part of Plan ‘B’ to be self-sufficient as much as possible. Do not rely on distribution systems, BIG Agra farming, and imported food, to support your lifestyle. Why? Because things are changing and it is risky to do so.

I will be reporting on a special food price report after watching Bloomberg special this morning. Stay tuned.

see also Reuters report, click here

The Tucson Citizen reported February 4, 2011:

Tucson suffered some record cold temperatures the past two nights, and even if you covered your tender plants, chances are they froze anyway. Frost damage extent depends on how long it stayed below freezing. Covers will work if the freeze is only for a few hours. When you are looking at temperatures below freezing for 8 hours or more, damage is likely.

The important thing to remember is to not rush out right away and prune off dead branches. Wait until spring to see what is really dead. If you have citrus trees that suffered frost damage; wait until summer when you can see if new growth is appearing on what looked to be dead branches. Prune back to the nearest live branch. .Unlike many other fruit or ornamental trees, if frost damage is severe enough, citrus trees will not survive and will need to be replaced.

Plants like lantana, which almost always get nipped in the winter, can be pruned back to a few inches above ground, but don’t remove the bed of leaves around the roots until late spring. This layer will protect the plant from further frost damage.

Frost sensitive cacti, especially columnar varieties, that froze on top will not survive. It may take a while for the damage to show, but they will rot from the top down. Remove and replace with hardier species in May.

BTW: you can construct a small greenhouse or buy one to protect your plants.

Related:
“Corporate farming” is a fairly broad term that deals with the general practices and effects of a small number of large, global corporations that dominate the food industry. It does not refer simply to any incorporated agribusiness enterprise, although most agricultural businesses today are in some way economically connected to the dominant food industry players. As such, it may be thought of as a movement, which is at times also referred to as “anti-corporate farming”

Critics argue that the ultimate goal of corporate farming is to vertically integrate the entire process of food production, up to the point of the distribution and sale of food to consumers. Some corporations are considered to be well on the way to achieving this objective, and have become very large in the process, such as Archer Daniels Midland, Monsanto Company, and the privately held Cargill, with 2004 revenues of $62.9 billion

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