(Dec. 11) Temperatures in California’s citrus-growing areas dipped into the 20s Nov. 27 and Nov. 28, but crops there escaped with minimal damage.

Bob Blakely, director of grower services for California Citrus Mutual, Exeter, said there might be some rind breakdown in small pockets of Fresno and Tulare counties. If temperatures remain moderate into the spring, he said, there might be no damage at all.

Blakely said the two nights saw unusually low temperatures in the Arvin-Edison area of Kern County. He said that because of the area’s usually milder temperatures those citrus groves do not have wind machines.

Dan Spain, vice president of sales and marketing for Booth Ranches, Orange Cove, said the company had crews working both nights running water and operating wind machines. He said there have been no reports of damage.

Blakely said actual damage would be assessed in a few weeks.