Aug 9, 2010 3:40 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Half of the melon crop in Otero County was destroyed by a freeze in May or hail in June. Montrose County lost its entire cherry crop because of a freeze in April.
Gov. Bill Ritter has requested federal disaster assistance for both counties because of the crop damage.
The governor sent a letter to US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking the disaster declaration, freeing up funds for farmers.