DOVER, Fla. (AP) - A published report says Florida farmers have lost at least $115 million in this winter's cold blast and it could get worse.
According to the St. Petersburg Times, reports show the losses through Dec. 20 affected fruits, vegetables, citrus, foliage and aquaculture. Almost 9,000 acres of farmland was deemed a total loss.
Florida Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Sarah Criser said $115 million is a conservative figure that will likely rise.
The report says peppers, squash, endive, eggplant, cucumbers,sweet corn, cabbage and string beans suffered the worst damage.
Strawberries seem to have escaped major harm, but the freezeprobably will delay the harvest.