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Farmers stung by freeze

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Por Lee, 40, looks out over his field after he flooded it to plant long beans. He estimates his loses at $4,000 to $5,000 in ruined crops after the winter freeze this year. (Damon Winter / LAT)
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Fong Tchang shows the rotted roots of a tong hou plant (used in chinese and japanese soup) caused by this winter’s freeze. Tchang estimates that he lost $10,000 in crops to the freeze. (Damon Winter / LAT)
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Chia Lee (left) washes his hands for dinner as his wife Sia finishes the preparations with their daughter Kaliana, 5. Lee estimates that he lost $10,000 in ruined crops, aproximately a third of his annual income. (Damon Winter / LAT)
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Siong Tchang, wife of Fong Tchang, rakes away the dead and rotting remains of their crop of yam leaves that were ruined in this winter’s freeze. (Damon Winter / LAT)
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Fong Tchang reaches into a plastic covered greenhouse to pull out stalks of sugar cane that were ruined in this winter’s freeze. (Damon Winter / LAT)
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