No Damage to Florida Citrus Crop from Cold Snap

February 20, 2013

Florida came through this week’s cold snap with no major damage to the orange blossoms that will produce next year’s crop, the state’s largest growers’ association said.

Temperatures dipped below freezing on the northern edge of the central Florida citrus-fruit-growing area during the weekend, but the cold didn’t linger long enough to cause crop damage, the group said.

“It looks like we came through the cold snap in good shape,” said Andrew Meadows, a spokesman for the growers association Florida Citrus Mutual.

Florida had an unusually warm January and a mild early February, prompting some trees to blossom early. A major loss of blooms could reduce next year’s crop.

Meadows said there had been “some isolated bloom damage, but not anything material.”

The cold snap passed quickly and temperatures in the region were forecast to reach the uppers 70s Fahrenheit (mid 20s Celsius) on Wednesday, with overnight lows in the upper 50s and 60s.

(Reporting by Jane Sutton; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

Topics Florida Agribusiness

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