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Posted on: 15/02/2011 by Kent Paterson - CIP Americas Program
February's freezing fury has left a path of crumpled crops, pummeled harvests and dashed dreams in the countryside of northern Mexico. Hardest hit was the northwestern state of Sinaloa, known as the"Bread Basket of Mexico," where about 750,000 acres of corn crops were reported destroyed after unusually cold temperatures blanketed the north of the country in January and early February.
Sinaloa is among Mexico's major producers of white corn, the variety of maize used to make staple tortillas.