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Florida freeze hammers corn, beans

03/06/2013 03:57:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

“The cold weather had no effect,” he said March 7. “In our region, we feel very comfortable that we haven’t been impacted by the cold at this point.”

Bill Braswell, president of the Bartow-based Florida Blueberry Growers Association, said he expects minimal berry damage.

“Every farm has a degree of damage in Florida,” he said March 7. “That is 1%-2% which mostly occurred in February. We’re still going to produce 25 million pounds this season.”

Lisa Lochridge, director of public affairs for Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association, Maitland, said she hasn’t heard of any other Florida crop damage.

Temperatures didn’t remain in the high 20s long enough in the north end of the state’s citrus belt to cause damage, said Andrew Meadows, director of communications for Florida Citrus Mutual in Lakeland.

Initial reports show little damage in Georgia, said Charles Hall, executive director of the La Grange-based Georgia Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association.

“I don’t think it’s a major problem,” he said March 5. “It may have gotten close to freezing but not enough that matters.”

Hall said Georgia growers haven’t started transplanting crops; cabbage and leafy greens dominate production now. He said blueberries and peaches haven’t budded yet.

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Forest Park, GA  |  March, 07, 2013 at 05:29 AM

The Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) shows a low of only 34° at 2 meters above the soil in Belle Glade for the night of March 4th. Something doesn't sound right.

Nick Larsen    
Belle Glade, FL  |  March, 07, 2013 at 09:14 AM

Check the 60 cm temperature, it was just below 32. The Belle Glade FAWN site is also a little warmer than some of the outlying areas being only 6 miles from Lake Okeechobee. The sites close to the lake reported air temperatures between 44 and 47.

Plant City, FL  |  March, 08, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Check Palmdale on FAWN. The temperature hit 29 there.

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