April citrus crop forecast projects increase for Florida OrangesStaff writer ▼ |
Fruit growers An increase of 5 million boxes in Florida
This season’s Florida Orange crop increased by 5 million boxes in the latest estimate released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“Today’s news is encouraging. We must remember this is still an industry in crisis. Production costs are at an all-time high and there is less Florida Orange Juice to go around.
“While the industry continues to combat citrus greening, we remain committed to educating consumers on the nutritional benefits of Florida Citrus,” said Shannon Shepp, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus.
Florida produces more than half of the orange juice Americans drink and about 90 percent of Florida Oranges are grown to become juice. ■
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