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Fighting the Freeze

California citrus farmers struggle to keep crops alive as frigid temperatures hit much of the state.
(KSEE) The fight is on and citrus growers across California are bracing for another busy night and day.

Rodney Radtke says, "A lot of different emotions.  A lot of frustration,  but that's the citrus game."

A game that orange grower Rodney Radtke isn't willing to lose.  

He says between wind machines and water to trap heat inside orange coves, about $50,000 was spent this week to keep 150 acres of crops above freezing temperatures.

Even though the damage won't likely be detected for 3 to 4 weeks, Radtke says so far it seems the hard work may have paid off.

"I'm fairly optimistic that the damage will only be minimal," says Radtke.

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