The Nation: Florida: Frost-Kissed Oranges

The rare snows have melted, and the record chill has receded in Florida. But the truck gardens in the far south of the state lay devastated, their tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers wiped out by the cold. Some migrant workers are heading northward, searching for new crops to pick. There is work in the citrus groves of central Florida—hard, chilly work—as growers race to salvage what they can of an orange crop that was 30% to 40% destroyed by the Big Freeze. You can see the damage from the air—the telltale brownish gray of damaged trees edges out the green in the...

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