A “perfect storm” has led to wine production in Missouri to decrease by 70%

Over in the middle of the country, conditions are not faring so well for crops.

Extreme weather is taking its toll on grapevines and taking out 70% of Missouri’s wine production, that is according to the state’s Ag Director.

Chris Chinn says that producers faced a “perfect storm” between December’s cold snap, April’s late freeze, and the current drought. If the vines do not make it through this growing season, it will take three to five years to get production back on track after a replant.

The state’s gone as far as trying to import grapes from the northeast to help offset the losses.

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