Citrus Industry Still Recovering From Freeze From 30 Years Ago
by Steven Sarabia, KRGV
Posted: 2018-01-03 09:12:36 EST

BROWNSVILLE - With parts of the Rio Grande Valley under a freeze warning Tuesday night, below freezing temperatures can be deadly for citrus.

Most of the industry is still recovering from a freeze over 30 years ago. Just the word “freeze” is enough to put growers on edge.

"It just puts us out of business. We don't recover our production for three, four years afterwards," said Fred Karle a citrus grower in the Valley.

Karle is no stranger to the devastation a freeze can bring to citrus. The most recent significant one happened in 2011.

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