UF/IFAS Experts: Growers Ready for Freezes

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When the next frost threatens Florida’s crops, growers will do their best to make sure your favorite foods are protected from the potentially crippling chill, say University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts.

For example, citrus growers use wind machines and micro-sprinklers to ensure freezing temperatures don’t ruin the fruit, said Chris Oswalt, a multi-county citrus Extension agent for UF/IFAS Extension Polk and Hillsborough counties.

Wind machines, which increase grove temperatures, work best in windless freezes, Oswalt said. Under such conditions, air above the ground is warmer than it is at the surface.

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