Ray Prewett, executive vice president of the Mission-based Texas Vegetable Association, said April 2 the damage reports were minimal and about half the area where the storm hit was urban.
“It hit a pretty small percentage of things and not an area where we have a whole lot of onions,” he said. “It did do quite a bit of damage to some watermelons in the northern part of the area.”
Prewett said the storm wasn’t entirely unwelcome.
“One thing that helped as far as the rain damage was that it was very dry before this came and the ground absorbed the water pretty quickly,” he said. “Some areas got 3.5 inches of rain and you’d never know it.”
Citrus damage still is unknown, Prewett said. Fruit is about marble-size at this point in the growing season.
“We do see some citrus leaves on the ground, but with the fruit being so small, it’s hard to tell,” he said.