FRUIT: Florida’s orange crop ex­pected to re­bound

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Business -

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.

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