FRUIT: Florida’s orange crop expected to rebound
Florida’s orange crop is expected to increase for the first time in seven years. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that 79 million boxes of oranges are expected during the coming season, a 76 percent increase from the 45 million produced last season. That crop was ravaged by Hurricane Irma and the industry is still suffering from citrus greening, a disease that kills trees. A box of oranges is 90 pounds. The grapefruit crop is expected to grow 73 percent to 6.7 million boxes.