Organic produce grower Frank Oakes examines his strawberry plants after Wednesday morning's freeze at his farm in Golden Gate Estates. Wednesday was the second straight morning of subfreezing temperatures for farmers in inland regions of Southwest Florida. The frost ruined a batch of ripening berries. Damage to crops was not catastrophic, said Gene McAvoy, multi-county vegetable agent with the University of Florida/IFAM Extension in Hendry Country. However, the early freeze could spell major trouble if cold weather continues through January and February as it did last winter. Photographed Dec. 8, 2010. Aaron Hale/Staff.
It could have been worse, but unseasonably cold weather is causing headaches for Southwest Florida produce growers. Tomato plants, strawberries, corn and green beans were among those damaged by frost and freezing temperatures.
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