Florida Farmers Brace for Cold Weather

CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) - Florida farmers are worried about their crops as freezing temperatures sweep the state.

Julie and John Arnold's 260-acre orange grove in the central Florida town of Clermont was filled with large icicles dangling from trees. They estimated about 10 percent of the Temple oranges on their land were lost, but that type of citrus is a small part of their total. Their other oranges were almost entirely intact.

Far colder weather has descended on their trees in the past, but the cold usually does not last so long.

State officials in Tallahassee were optimistic that crop damage was minimal but cautioned that it was too early to tell for sure. State officials were still urging farmers to take every measure possible because the hard freeze in some areas was expected to last for most of the week.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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