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Deep Freeze Threatening California Citrus Crops

8:03 PM, Dec 7, 2013   |    comments
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CALIFORNIA (Reuters)-- A deep freeze is jeopardizing California's citrus industry. Citrus growers are scrambling to protect a billion dollars in crops.

They're using extra water and wind machines to save what they can. "We can use wind machines to push the warm air down to the ground. That along with irrigation water can improve the temperature from 5 to 7 degrees if the circumstances are right" says Citrus Grower Al Bates.

At this citrus farm in the Bay Area, workers are covering their young trees with protective blankets to protect them from the chill.

Helena Vogel told Reuters "The big trees don't get damaged as easy as the small ones. But the tiny ones, we really have to protect them."

Temperatures dropped to a near record low of 28 degrees in Fresno.

Growers say when it gets that cold, they risk losing their crop.

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