Freezing Temperatures Damage $115M in Fla. Crops

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This winter's freezing temperatures have damaged several citrus crops in Florida.

Florida farmers have lost at least $115 million in this winter's cold blast and it's not over yet.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, reports showed the losses through Dec. 20 affected fruits, vegetables, citrus, foliage and aquaculture.

"What was left I saw roll over in the ponds this morning," said Art Rawlins of the Rawlins Tropical Fish farm in Lithia, who already lost most of his stock after this month's first cold blast. "It's looking pretty grim."

Peppers, squash, endive, eggplant, cucumbers, sweet corn, cabbage and string beans suffered the worst damage.

Strawberries avoided the major damage, but the freeze may possibly delay the harvest. Oranges, avocados, celery, lettuce, grapefruit and radishes also appear unharmed.

Florida provides 75 percent of the country's orange supply and 40 percent of the world's orange juice.

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