Ag experts start assessing citrus freezing damage

FRESNO, Calif.

Fresno County ag workers inspected citrus taken from nine different farms yesterday. They cut and examined oranges, mandarins and lemons.

In all, 18 of the 174 pieces of citrus were "scored" by inspectors as freeze damaged. That's ten-percent of the sample.

"We're not logging anything in here per se. This is giving an indication to the state in our area more or less what is happening. We have suspect fruit and we actually have scoreable fruit," said ag standards specialist Robin Rodgers.

At this point freeze damage among Valley citrus does not appear to be widespread.

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