Saving Citrus From Cold


POSTED: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 7:09am

California citrus farmers struggle to keep fruit from freezing during recent cold spell. Lemore Abrams reports.

(KSEE) Inspectors in California are analyzing oranges, lemons, and mandarins picked after this weekend's hard freeze.

"We saw water soaking and we saw some crystals," said Fruit Inspector Scottie Walker

Inspectors say some valley oranges and mandarins are dry like straw.

But there is hope.

"We cut a sample of lemons that were protected so they either hand a wind machine or running water-they probably had a wind machine," said Walker.

From wind machines to peach pits, about $23.5 million has already been spent in the last couple weeks trying to prevent more freeze damage.

"You can have freeze damage vary from area to area within the same orchard-you know you have a low spot. 90% can be fine, 10% can be ravaged" said Fresno Co. Deputy Ag Commissioner Fred Rinder.

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