Freeze damages south Florida corn, green beans

12/07/2010 09:15:50 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

“There is a little spotty damage around but certainly not enough to be overly concerned about,” he said Dec. 7. “Hopefully, we will have another night with no more damage than we had last night and will move on to next week’s weather event.”

Brown said forecasters are calling for an arctic front to bring another spell of cold weather to Florida the week of Dec. 13.

In central Florida, strawberry growers ran irrigation systems to protect their berries from freezing but didn’t sustain any damage in early estimates.

Larry Scarborough, a salesman with BBI Produce Inc., Dover, said running the sprinklers kept strawberry growers from suffering any significant damage and that a blowing wind helped keep temperatures from falling below 28 degrees.

“We watered for a couple of hours for some fields, but it was not as bad as we thought it would be,” he said.


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