By Doug Ohlemeier, The Packer

With a hard freeze warning bearing down on them, Florida grower-shippers are preparing for one of the coldest nights in years.

The National Weather Service has issued the warning for the evening of Feb. 4 for the south Florida growing regions of Belle Glade and Clewiston around Lake Okeechobee in Palm Beach and Hendry counties and Immokalee and Naples.

Brian Arrigo, president of Southern Corporate Packers Inc., Immokalee, Fla., examines zucchini squash in a field north of Immokalee Feb. 4, just hours before a hard freeze is expected to hit south Florida growing regions. Growers plan to cover certain crops to prevent damage from temperatures that are expected to plummet into the mid-20s in the Everglades Agricultural Area around the Lake Okeechobee vegetable growing region.

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