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Farmers breathe sigh of relief, prepare for next freeze

Citrus at Ranch One Co-Op in Immokalee drip with water just before sunrise as temperatures hovered around freezing inland in Collier County. Forecasters are saying temperatures will fall into the 20s late Sunday night and early Monday. Greg Kahn/Staff

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Citrus at Ranch One Co-Op in Immokalee drip with water just before sunrise as temperatures hovered around freezing inland in Collier County. Forecasters are saying temperatures will fall into the 20s late Sunday night and early Monday. Greg Kahn/Staff

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  • Workers at Farmer Mike's U-Pick Farm in Bonita Springs, spread a freeze cloth over vegetables on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2009. The crops at Mike's and others across Southwest Florida largely kept from being damaged by temperatures that hovered around 30 degrees. Forecasters are saying temperatures will fall into the 20s late Sunday night and early Monday. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Citrus at Ranch One Co-Op in Immokalee drip with water just before sunrise as temperatures hovered around freezing inland in Collier County. Forecasters are saying temperatures will fall into the 20s late Sunday night and early Monday. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Pidio Ehrera, left, and Gustavo Martinez, center, who work at Farmer Mike's U-Pick Farm in Bonita Springs, spread a freeze cloth over vegetables on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2009. The crops at Mike's and others across Southwest Florida largely kept from being damaged by temperatures that hovered around 30 degrees. Forecasters are saying temperatures will fall into the 20s late Sunday night and early Monday. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Pidio Ehrera, who works at Farmer Mike's U-Pick Farm in Bonita Springs, spread a freeze cloth over vegetables on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2009. The crops at Mike's and others across Southwest Florida largely kept from being damaged by temperatures that hovered around 30 degrees. Forecasters are saying temperatures will fall into the 20s late Sunday night and early Monday. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Gustavo Martinez, left, who works at Farmer Mike's U-Pick Farm in Bonita Springs, spread a freeze cloth over vegetables on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2009. The crops at Mike's and others across Southwest Florida largely kept from being damaged by temperatures that hovered around 30 degrees. Forecasters are saying temperatures will fall into the 20s late Sunday night and early Monday. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • Pidio Ehrera, who works at Farmer Mike's U-Pick Farm in Bonita Springs, checks broccoli for frost on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2009. The crops at Mike's and others across Southwest Florida largely kept from being damaged by temperatures that hovered around 30 degrees. Forecasters are saying temperatures will fall into the 20s late Sunday night and early Monday. Greg Kahn/Staff

Farmers were relieved that temperatures didn't dip lower on Sunday morning as their crops survived another day of near freezing temperatures. But forecasters said Sunday night and early Monday will be even colder with temps possibly in the 20s.

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