ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Researchers say December's cold
weather affected one-third of Florida's early orange crop varieties
and nearly half of the mideseason crop.
In a report released Tuesday, researchers from the United States
Department of Agriculture found that 12 percent of the oranges
surveyed in the northern growing region - slightly north of Orlando
- suffered major damage from the cold, the most of any region
Researchers checked hundreds of pieces of fruit from groves
around the state.
Grapefruit fared well, largely because the fruit has thicker
skin and is more cold-resistant.
Citrus is a $9 billion industry in Florida.