Orange crop's sour outlook

Oranges ripen in a grove in December in Plant City.

Associated Press

Oranges ripen in a grove in December in Plant City.

This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday released its citrus production forecast and the news isn't good. Associated Press

The 2013-14 orange forecast

110M Boxes of oranges expected to be harvested.

18% The decline in production over last season's final figure.

69M Citrus trees infected by citrus greening, according to growers and scientists. Some estimate as many as 75 percent of Florida's trees are infected.

Citrus greening is an existential threat to Florida's signature crop, and today's revised crop estimate is evidence that the situation has reached a crisis point."

Adam Putnam, Florida commissioner of agriculture

The 2013-14 orange forecast

110M Boxes of oranges expected to be harvested.

18% The decline in production over last season's final figure.

69M Citrus trees infected by citrus greening, according to growers and scientists. Some estimate as many as 75 percent of Florida's trees are infected.

Orange crop's sour outlook 04/09/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:38pm]

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