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Florida strawberry farms take precautions

5:47 PM, Feb 18, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - The fickle weather patterns across our country's southeast are presenting a challenge for farmers in the Florida.

Strawberry growers moved to protect their crops from the season's first hard frost this past weekend.

One method is watering them down with sprinklers so they will be frozen in a suspended growth state until they can thaw and continue producing fruit.

Mild weather until now had caused some strawberry fields to bloom early, leaving young plants susceptible to damage when temperatures dropped below freezing Sunday night.

Farmers suspect any damage was minimal, but say it could take a little time to fully assess any crop impact from the freeze.

Similar precautions were taken for other crops in the frost-threatened region such as at orange groves and lettuce farms.

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