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February 20, 2015

Temperatures in areas of Belle Glade, Immokalee, Loxahatchee, and Naples fell into the 20s last night, but were only sustained for a short period. Damage seems to be minimal, yet further evaluation will take several days. 

  • Crops more sensitive to cold, such as corn, green beans, and yellow squash, will have the highest percentage of damage
  • Warm weather is forecast, but it will take several days for plants to recover
  • Expect higher prices for bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, squash, and tomatoes
  • Bloom drop (a condition caused by stress where a plant blooms but fails to set fruit, and the bloom dies) will result in low yields in approximately 45 to 50 days
  • Scarring will be apparent, especially on yellow squash, due to high winds
  • Growers watered strawberry fields in anticipation of the freeze
    • Cold weather has affected harvesting
    • Production will remain on hold until weather warms on Sunday
  • Markon will provide more updates as growers evaluate crops