Federal researchers to study cold weather effects on Florida citrus

Celestino Guzman, a worker at Ranch One Co-Operative in Immokalee, Fla. picks tangerines off trees affected by freezing temperatures on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. Overnight temperatures dipped into the mid-20s inland and Mike Jones, harvesting manager for the farm, said there was some damage from the cold, but it was too early to tell how extensive it was. In the meantime, citrus harvesting increased at the 2,400 acre property to combat potentially damaged trees. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Celestino Guzman, a worker at Ranch One Co-Operative in Immokalee, Fla. picks tangerines off trees affected by freezing temperatures on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. Overnight temperatures dipped into the mid-20s inland and Mike Jones, harvesting manager for the farm, said there was some damage from the cold, but it was too early to tell how extensive it was. In the meantime, citrus harvesting increased at the 2,400 acre property to combat potentially damaged trees. Greg Kahn/Staff

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Federal officials will conduct a special survey to determine how this season's cold weather has affected Florida's citrus crop.

According to a news release from the United States Department of Agriculture, researchers will cut oranges and grapefruit to record the extent of freeze damage. They will also assess leaf damage and administer maturity tests to determine internal juice quality from groves throughout the citrus growing region.

The survey is scheduled for release Jan. 18.

The citrus industry in Florida generates some $9.3 billion in economic activity.

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AlpineGuy writes:

Our tax dollars at work again. This time they'll study frozen oranges. Just turn them into popsicles and eat them, for goodness sake! What's there to study?

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