Southern Freeze Threatens Citrus Crop

Florida citrus, vegetable and grain growers may be pulling all-nighters with the temperature expected to dip into the teens and twenties.

The cold spell could prove devastating to the state's citrus
industry, which is the nation's largest and already has suffered
from years of disease and hurricanes.

Thirty-two degrees for four hours will damage an orange; 28
degrees for that long can actually ruin the tree.

Citrus crops are not the only ones at risk. Broccoli and cabbage
in the north as well as strawberries, tomatoes and corn in the
south are also threatened.

In Louisiana, strawberry farmers covered their crops with
material in an attempt to protect them. But peach farmers, are
welcoming the cold. They say it actually benefits their fruit trees
during their period of dormancy.


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