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Wheat to Citrus Threatened by U.S. Cold as Cattle Climb

Freezing weather across the U.S. will damage crops from winter wheat to oranges and is threatening livestock, sending cattle futures to an all-time high.

As much as 15 percent of winter-wheat plants in the Great Plains face damage, Kyle Tapley, a senior agricultural meteorologist at MDA Weather Services in Gaithersburg, Maryland, said in a telephone interview. The potential for frost will increase in Florida today as temperatures drop to the upper 20s Fahrenheit, damaging citrus groves, he said. Livestock slaughter will slow because it’s harder to transport animals in the cold and snow, and cattle will have trouble gaining weight, according to commodity broker Allendale Inc.