Freeze cost citrus growers an estimated $23 million

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Valley citrus growers were up against below-freezing conditions for the sixth consecutive night.

Although higher temperatures made for an easier weekend, Sunday's extremely low temperatures will likely result in some damage to the valley's $1.5 billion citrus crop.

California Citrus Mutual estimated that the overall cost to the industry from the six nights of frost protection is $23 million.

That is not even close the the damage that occurred in 1990 and 1998.

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