FL Citrus Industry Suddenly Facing Its Lowest Orange Yield In Decades
by Malena Carollo, Tampa Bay Times
Posted: 2017-10-16 09:06:31 EST

This was supposed to be the year Florida’s citrus industry rebounded. After a decade of fighting a losing battle against a tree-killing disease and declining yields, growers thought this year’s abundant crop promised a turnaround. Then, just weeks before harvest, Hurricane Irma hit.

“This was a real punch in the face,” said Andrew Meadows, spokesperson for citrus trade organization Florida Citrus Mutual.

Overcome by almost $800 million in losses from the hurricane, the state’s citrus industry is suddenly facing its lowest orange yield in 75 years, far worse than forecasts expected just a couple of months ago.

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