Low West Texas temperatures worry some local grape farmers

Updated: Apr. 29, 2017 at 10:21 PM CDT
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BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - All around West Texas, agricultural helps drive the local economy, however, in Lubbock, cotton is still king.

But in Terry County, the grape industry is flourishing.

"Twenty years ago, we started with five acres. We added five or 10 acres each year, and it took us this long," Vijay Reddy, local grape farmer, said. "But, we have 288 acres producing grapes."

With freeze warnings across the South Plains Saturday, this year's grape yield could have been in jeopardy.

"It looks like it won't affect it that much, your guys were forecasting 36 or 37 degrees today. So, that's not going to cause to many problems," said Reddy.

Even though the temperature didn't reach the freezing mark Saturday, May 3, 2013 still brings back troubling memories for Vijay Reddy.

"We had a really hard freeze, and we lost half of the crop. Weather is the main thing in this part of the country, but we got the land," Reddy said. "Great people, great farmers, we can do a lot of grapes here."

Terry County has done exactly that, earning a title that Reddy takes great pride in.

"It's called the grape capital of Texas, is Terry County. We are happy to be a part of the grape industry," Reddy said.

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