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ORANGE CROP'S SOUR OUTLOOK

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.

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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.

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"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

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