Florida Crops May Have Escaped Freeze Damage

Florida Crops May Have Escaped Freeze Damage

Temperatures in 20s seen Monday night.

Florida's winter fruit and vegetable crops appear to have survived Monday night's freezing temperatures, with not too much damage. High winds made it difficult for producers to use irrigation systems to stem the freeze's effect.

Southwest Florida saw the lowest temperature dip Monday night with the mercury falling into the upper 20s, causing scattered damage to green beans, peppers and tomato plants. Florida's citrus industry generates more than $9 billion in economic activity in the state.
Hendry County Extension Director Gene McAvoy says corn and bean crops that survived last week's cold snap were wiped out.

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