(Feb. 9, 3:30 p.m.) Buyers of Georgia greens will have to source from Texas until mid-March after an early February freeze destroyed some crops.

Shay Kennedy, co-owner and vice president of Georgia Vegetable Co. Inc., Tifton, Ga., said the greens suffered from three nights of freezing temperatures which fell into the teens Feb. 3-5.

Though Georgia Vegetable in early February was still picking mustard greens, Kennedy said she expects to run out of turnip greens Feb. 11.

“The mustards and turnips are wiped out for a few weeks but collards and kale are okay,” she said. “We’re normally shipping quite a few this time of year. It makes it easier when you have all four to sell.”

Kennedy said she wasn’t sure of volume but said she expected the greens to grow back and that production would resume by March 10.

Because of low dew points and high wind, southeast Georgia growers weren’t able to run irrigation water to protect blueberry plants from freezing, said Keith Mixon, president and chief executive officer of SunnyRidge Farm Inc., Winter Haven, Fla.

He said he expects a 20%-30% loss on Georgia’s early blueberry crop, which begins in late April and diminishes in volume in mid-May, and a 10% loss on its later summer crop, which starts in June and runs through July 4.

“There will be blueberries,” Mixon said Feb. 9. “We didn’t lose our crop. We lost a portion of it, though some places saw a significant portion lost. We expect to have reasonable good volumes. Quality was not affected.”

South Georgia’s other spring vegetables are transplanted in early to mid-February, and most escaped injury, said Charles Hall, executive director of the La Grange-based Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association.

Hall said the state’s peaches weren’t hurt, but Vidalia onions lost some tops.

“We won’t know until they dig,” he said. “The tops got burned a little but there shouldn’t be any major problems. The small salad onions didn’t get hurt so it’s more than likely the bigger ones didn’t get hurt.”

Michael Hively, chief financial officer and general manager of Bland Farms LLC, Glennville, Ga., said the onions are relatively young and can withstand cold temperatures better than mature plants.

“We’re not projecting any damage, but time will tell,” Hively said. “We’re ten days behind last year. The plants are still young. They haven’t started bulbing yet.”