Florida's strawberry crop fares well in cold snap

PLANT CITY, Fla. (AP) - Plant City's famed strawberry crops survived the state's frigid conditions without damage.

Lows hit 27 in the fields early Friday morning, but winds weren't strong enough to interfere with protective irrigation.

Growers irrigate their fields to help protect the tender crops and high winds prevent uniform coverage of the spray.

The Tampa Tribune  reports that nearly all the nation's winter strawberries are grown on 11,000 acres in and around Plant City. The harvest season runs roughly Thanksgiving to Easter.

Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com

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