FREEZE REDUCES STRAWBERRY HARVEST

PLANT CITY, Fla. -- Florida strawberry production suffered this season, falling by more than 25% as a result of January freezes, an official with the Florida Strawberry Growers Association said. Growers had harvested nearly 2.8 million flats as of Feb. 6 -- about one million fewer 12-pound flats than the same period in the 2001-02 season. Charles "Chip" Hinton, executive director of the growers group,

PLANT CITY, Fla. -- Florida strawberry production suffered this season, falling by more than 25% as a result of January freezes, an official with the Florida Strawberry Growers Association said. Growers had harvested nearly 2.8 million flats as of Feb. 6 -- about one million fewer 12-pound flats than the same period in the 2001-02 season. Charles "Chip" Hinton, executive director of the growers group, said demand for Florida product this late in the season will depend on how much productio

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