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Fearing the Freeze

January 4th, 2010 by flanews

Parts of Florida are already experiencing below freezing temperatures and some experts are predicting snow. Farmers are preparing for the freeze and praying it won’t last long. Strawberries, Oranges and tropical fish may be most at risk. Department of Agriculture spokesman Terry McElroy says a short freeze shouldn’t make a big impact on orange growers.

“Citrus guys are doing what they can with their crops and they are hoping that it doesn’t get below 28 degrees for an extended period of time which is what it takes to damage citrus. They are a bit more cold-hearty than tender vegetation in the ground,” said McElroy.

Floridians may see the effects of the freeze well into February. Valentine’s Day flowers could be killed if gardeners don’t take the proper precautions or if it gets too cold.

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