Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Cold takes toll on California citrus, avocados and strawberries

Huge crop loss in state freeze
Citrus, avocados, strawberries are hit hard by cold snap in south state, San Joaquin Valley.
By Deb Kollars - Bee Staff Writer
Last Updated 12:43 am PST Tuesday, January 16, 2007Story appeared in MAIN NEWS section, Page A1

California's $1.3 billion citrus industry is facing massive losses after three nights of freezing temperatures up and down the state.

"The growers know there is damage, and they expect it to be significant," said Dave Kranz, manager of media services for the California Farm Bureau Federation.

As much as 70 percent of the state's orange crop has been destroyed, according to state officials and farmers.


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