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California growers to see some damage from cold

Icicles hang off oranges as growers use water help keep orchard warm during freezing weather Thursday Dec. 5 2013 Del

Icicles hang off oranges as growers use water to help keep the orchard warm during freezing weather on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Del Rey, Calif. Citrus farmers are no stranger to frost and use irrigation and wind machines to propel warm air through the fields and raise the temperature of the air enveloping the groves. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, MARK CROSSE) LOCAL PRINT OUT (VISALIA TIMES-DELTA, REEDY EXPONENT, KINGBURG RECORDER, SELMA ENTERPRISE, HANFORD SENTINEL, PORTERVILLE RECORDER, MADERA TRIBUNE, THE BUSINESS JOURANL FRENSO); LOCAL TV OUT (KSEE24, KFSN30, KGE47, KMPH26) (REV-SHARE)

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Citrus growers expect to see minimal damage to the state orange crop after battling freezing temperatures for a second night but no major impact on the price of the fruit.

California Citrus Mutual said Friday that the majority of the Central Valley’s citrus-growing areas saw temperatures at critical levels.

But the growers’ association says the damage isn’t expected to significantly affect supply or price.

Growers use irrigation and wind machines to raise field temperatures to protect the fruit. Citrus Mutual says the industry has spent $12.4 million on frost protection measures since the cold snap began.

National Weather Service meteorologist Modesto Vasquez says a storm system will raise the area’s low temperatures to around freezing early Saturday and could bring snowflakes to the valley floor. Another cold spell will follow.



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