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April citrus crop forecast projects increase for Florida Oranges

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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.

The Florida Orange crop is projected to produce 76 million boxes this season, according to the report, while the Florida Grapefruit crop held steady at 10.7 million boxes.

“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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