Citrus Farmers Prepare for the Approaching Freezing Temperatures

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Updated: 11/26/2013 7:13 pm
Oranges and grapefruit are sensitive to cold temperatures and freezing winds. Orchard owners say that this is a little earlier than normal to be getting temperatures below freezing. Glenn Merritt is one such owner and says that preparing all year for the cold weather is important for the survival of the trees. Merritt says, "Today, we're getting our irrigation system ready for the freeze. We're going to spray the water on top of the trees. If it gets below 28 degrees, that's the target temperature, and we're also putting this kind of stuff here on the piping so it doesn’t bust when it gets that cold." Merritt says that by freezing the fruit, it keeps the core temperature of the plant up and prevents it from dying.
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79° Clear Feels Like: 79° F
High: 87° F
Low: 71° F
Wind: NE 7 mph


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