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