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Florida freeze threatens orange, blueberry crops

Posted: Jan 23, 2009 11:55 AM

Updated: Jan 23, 2009 11:57 AM


TALLAHASSEEFL (AP) - Farmers and state agricultural experts are assessing how the frigid temperatures have affected crops in Florida.

According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, 70 million citrus trees and tens of thousands of acres of fresh fruits and veggies are located in regions where temperatures remained below 30 degrees for several hours this week. Temps in the 20s were logged as far south as Collier, Glades and Charlotte counties.

Citrus fruits, berries, eggplant, radishes and tropical fish are among the crops that could be damaged.

This is peak harvest season for many Florida crops, and Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson says that the extent of the freeze damage may not be known for several days.

(Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserv


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