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Warm weather concern

This article was originally published in Foodnews

CITRUS growers in Florida are worried that the current unusually warm weather could spell disaster for the upcoming harvest, when the industry is still recovering from the 2004/05 hurricanes that caused widespread damage (FOODNEWS passim) .Recent warm temperatures triggered new growth on citrus trees at a time when the growth phase should be coming to an end, causing growers to fear that the crop this season, as well as the next, could be severely affected. If the temperature remains in the high 30infinitys (F), or a late-season freeze occurs, growers can lose the bloom showing on trees in what is known as a 'black frost', whereby white blossoms turn black, impairing the quality of the fruit.



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