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More than $32 million spent to protect citrus from freeze

National Weather Service says San Joaquin Valley's early December hard freeze is essentially over Citrus growers start damage survey Frost protection costs exceed $32 million   

More than $32 million was spent by San Joaquin Valley citrus growers to protect citrus crops from freezing temperatures the first two weeks of December.

While nighttime lows continue to moderate, the industry will not know the true cost of the freeze for weeks, or perhaps months as fruit will continue to be harvested into spring.

Some isolated cold spots persist, but overall the coldest temperatures appear to be over, according to the National Weather Service.


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