Source: Compiled by Richard Keller from various sources

Florida had three blasts of freezing temperatures in December, and the total impact to the various crops has not been calculated. Even before the latest blast of extremely cold temperatures, the Florida Department of Agriculture was estimating direct lost income to agricultural producers at $115 million and the indirect total losses at $275 million.

Palm Beach County is the state's top agricultural producer county, with 250 farms and 600 ornamental plant nurseries, according to the state ag department. The length of the freeze overnight impacts the damage to crops and tense monitoring of crops occurred December 27 and 28. Temperatures dipped to 34 degrees in West Palm Beach and 25 degrees in Fort Pierce shattering records of 38 degrees set in 1928 and 34 degrees set in 1977, respectively.

The ag department issued a report showing even before the last blast of cold air that the cucumber crop was wiped out and that eggplant, snap beans and peppers were nearly wiped out. Additionally, cabbage, sweet corn and squash all suffered heavy losses. It appeared that tomatoes were not in good of shape either.

Oranges, grapefruit, tangelos, avocados, radishes and strawberries were still looking OK until the last week of December cold hit.

As of December 28, orange-juice gained for the eighth time in nine sessions of futures trading on speculation that the frost severely damaged citrus crops in Florida, the nation's second-largest producer. Sub-freezing temperatures have caused spotty extreme damage in groves going as far as the lower southwest portion of the state.