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Lost Citrus Crops Could Mean Higher Prices for Valley Consumers

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Get ready to pay more for your oranges and lemons this year.

The numbers are out on how much damage last months freeze caused valley farmers during the first week of January.

Valley growers report about 40% of the valley's remaining, unharvested mandarin crop was destroyed.

That's about $150 million.

Roughly 30% of the navel crop, or $260 million worth, was lost.

About 20% of the lemon crop took a hit. That's about $24 million worth.

California Citrus Mutual estimates valley citrus producers will see about $441 million in lost revenue total due to the freeze damage.

Another hard freeze is expected this weekend.

That could be a bad thing with many crops already in bloom because of the dry winter.

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