PHOTOS AND VIDEO: Rocky Ford Growers Association farmers survey snow-covered fields

Some fields may need replanting after 6-8 inches of heavy wet snow and 2 nights of freezing temps

The family farmers of the Rocky Ford Growers Association are out today, inspecting their freshly-planted fields after 6-8 inches of heavy, wet snow fell overnight in the Rocky Ford area.

It's not clear yet what effect the snow will have on the cantaloupe crop that's just been planted. RFGA member fields are planted in a staggered pattern- every few days- to mitigate damage done by storms like this, and to spread out the harvest at the end of the season.

"The seeds that are still in the ground stand a chance of making it through this storm," says Michael Hirakata, president of the Rocky Ford Growers Association and co-owner of Hirakata Farms.

"We'll have to see what damage is done when the snow melts, and we'll replant any crop we've lost to the freeze," says Proctor Produce owner Matthew Proctor.

Late spring storms like this are all in a day's work for the family farmers of the Rocky Ford Growers Association. Long-range weather forecasts and generations of local farming knowlege help determine planting dates each spring, but Mother Nature always always gets the final word.

But don't worry, any cantaloupe lost in this freeze will be replanted to make sure those sweet, delicious Rocky Ford Cantaloupe start rolling into grocery stores and farmer's markets by mid-to-late July.


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About Rocky Ford Growers Association

Rocky Ford Growers Association is a group of family-owned farms in the Arkansas River valley of southeastern Colorado. Rocky Ford Growers Association was formed in 2011 to strengthen and protect the reputation of the cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew melon grown in the area. Rocky Ford Cantaloupe™ is officially trademarked to ensure the best and safest quality. For our growers to label their melons as Rocky Ford Cantaloupe, they must be a member of our association and produce melons within the boundaries of the Rocky Ford growing region: Otero County and Crowley County South of the Colorado Canal.