Texas freeze led to $600 million in crop loss
Dead chickens, frozen produce, dumped milk: Texas farmers are taking stock of an estimated $600 million in destroyed crops and livestock following February’s historic freeze. Among the hardest hit are the region’s citrus crops, which farmers said are now suitable only for juicing. Winter crops like onions, cabbage, and Swiss chard have also been significantly damaged by the disaster, while power outages and feed shortages led to the death of still-uncounted numbers of animals, including chicks and calves. The freeze may be over, but its ripple effects will likely be felt by consumers in the coming weeks, experts said, both in the form of produce shortages and higher prices. The New York Times tallied up the biggest losses.