Cold nights could cost growers millions

San Joaquin Valley sees some frost damage

FRESNO, Calif. - For growers, the chilly weather is more than just an inconvenience, it's a serious issue that could lead to millions of dollars in losses.

Enduring five consecutive nights of subfreezing temperatures, valley citrus growers are now out assessing any possible damage to their crops.

While Nilmeier farmers haven't seen evidence of frost damage, other growers weren't so lucky.

Inspectors at the Fresno County Ag Commission were slicing oranges, tangerines, and lemons to determine the severity of the freeze.

They detected some signs of frost damage, especially in the vulnerable crops.

The samples were randomly picked from various groves throughout the county.  

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