Florida Oranges Freeze Solid

Cold wave inflicts significant damage on citrus crop
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2010 4:36 PM CST
Icicles cling to Florida oranges in a grove Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 in Dover, Fla. Another blast of sub-freezing temperatures hit the area overnight.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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(Newser) – Florida citrus growers stayed up last night spraying their crop with water, and taking other measures to prevent freezing, as arctic air threatened to inflict significant damage on the orange crop. Losses to the citrus crop may hit 10% as the state sees its worst freeze since 1989. "There'll be reduced juice yield on some of this frozen fruit, no doubt," a rep for the state's main citrus growers group told Reuters. "I would say there was considerable fruit, twig and leaf damage."

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