August 23, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Citrus growers in California's Central Valley appear to have escaped with little or no crop damage after a series of unusually cold nights.
Officials with the citrus growers association, California Citrus Mutual, said Wednesday temperatures were not low enough over a long enough period of time this week to cause significant damage.
The National Weather Service issued a freeze watch for the region on Sunday, with nighttime temperatures expected to dip to 26 degrees in some areas. Prolonged temperatures in the mid-20's can damage citrus crops.
Citrus Mutual's Paul Story said growers ran wind machines and water to protect crops. The coldest temperatures were also recorded outside prime citrus-growing areas.
Temperatures are expected to rise through the rest of the week and into the weekend.
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