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Growers say it's a good time to buy as cold impacts citrus crops

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BAYOU BLACK, La. - Terry Breaux picked what he could over the weekend, knowing the forecast called for temperatures in the low 20s.

By Monday afternoon, Breaux had 10,000 pounds of navel oranges off his trees in Terrebonne Parish.

"Really, you got about two weeks to bring it to market or it will be just like what's left in the field," he says.

What's left is another 10,000 pounds of fruit.

Breaux checked it Tuesday after a night of frigid weather. The oranges that remained on the trees show signs of damage.

Breaux says about a fourth of this year's crop is ruined In what had promised to be one of his best seasons in the business.

More than 1,000 trees on his land were loaded with fruit, and Breaux had planned to pick through the end of the month.

Now, thousands of oranges will have to be tossed. Breaux says the weather could have been much worse. Some leaves were burned by frost, but the trees themselves look ok.

With a warm-up on the way, Breaux's focus turns to selling what he harvested. he says it's a good time to buy Louisiana citrus.

"The scenario of it is, everybody's in the same shape I'm in, so prices are going to be reduced and everybody's trying to get rid of it," he says.

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