US citrus growers dodge freeze

Lindy Savelle received numerous calls and texts from relatively new southern Georgia citrus growers prior to a mild freeze the morning of Dec. 2. “They were asking, ‘What should I do?’” said Savelle, president of the Georgia Citrus Association. The new growers were concerned because lows of 26 and 28 that morning were the coldest in the region in several years, Savelle said.

Frost may have damaged some foliage, but Savelle did not expect any fruit or tree damage. “I think everybody’s fruit is just fine,” she said. Savelle did not run irrigation in her grove, but said some growers with younger trees did run microsprinklers for freeze protection.

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