Florida crops in danger due to cold

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Growers of Florida citrus and other fruits and vegetables will not know until next week how much damage there is to their crops from freezing temperatures which swept through the state this week.

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

Some citrus damage is expected given that temperatures dipped below the threshold of 28 degrees in the northern reaches of the citrus-growing parts of the state.

The Indian River region, a crucial area for Florida's citrus-growing industry, pulled through well, according to Florida Citrus Mutual, the state's largest citrus growers' group.

About 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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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