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Florida orange crop expected
to be lowest in 75 years

Tampa Bay Times, by Malena Carollo

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Posted By:Hazymac, 10/12/2017 12:45:18 PM

This was supposed to be the year Florida´s citrus industry rebounded. After a decade of fighting a losing battle against a tree-killing disease and declining yields, growers thought this year´s abundant crop promised a turnaround. Then, just weeks before harvest, Hurricane Irma hit. "This was a real punch in the face," said Andrew Meadows, spokesperson for citrus trade organization Florida Citrus Mutual. Overcome by almost $800 million in losses from the hurricane, the state´ citrus industry is suddenly facing its lowest orange yield in 75 years, far worse than forecasts expected just a couple months ago. Nearly 60 percent of all citrus

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Hurricane Irma raked the entire Florida peninsula (and Keys) from bottom to top. Although the eye tracked up the west side of the state close to Tampa Bay, the worst damage was to the right, the east, of the storm´s center. Citrus groves were well along in their growing season, swelling green oranges perhaps the size of baseballs, waiting for the first autumn chill to start turning mature color. Many if not most of these fruits were blown off the trees.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: larry_bud_melman, 10/12/2017 1:13:03 PM     (No. 11414693)

Did this report come from Clarence Beeks?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Hazymac, 10/12/2017 1:48:55 PM     (No. 11414722)

Might have been. Beeks not only survived the assault by the silverback mountain gorilla in the cage slated to return to Rwanda--it hurt at first but he actually came to like it--but Sigourney Weaver herself coaxed him back to the human race. Now he walks like John Cleese in Ministry of Silly Walks. It took him eight years to make his way back to America.

Seriously, the state agencies closest to the citrus farmers think this year will be a disaster; the feds think otherwise. Around here our sole orange tree lost over half of its fruit. What remains will probably be delicious, but there won´t be much of it.

When the crop is less, all the nutrients go into less fruit, making what remains more intense, as happened in Bordeaux in 1961. But I don´t know. Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, and tangerines aren´t exactly like wine grapes.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/12/2017 2:08:33 PM     (No. 11414739)

Not the first problem to hit Florida re its orange crop:

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/01/florida-without-oranges/384774/

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 10/12/2017 2:54:14 PM     (No. 11414772)

In the days right after Irma finished her damage, I purchased a number of cartons of real lemon juice and froze it. I will at least have some lemon juice available if I need a citrus hit. This combined with the destruction of the California wine industry is economic destruction that is going to take a year or so to come to full fruition I suspect.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/12/2017 7:44:52 PM     (No. 11415083)

Re #4, don’t you get gorgeous California lemons where you are?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Smart11344, 10/13/2017 12:36:35 PM     (No. 11415898)

I remember when the Florida Orange growers booted Rush Limbaugh as their spokesman, same, I think it was the same with Anita Bryant. Isn´t Karma something else? Besides, OJ cause acid reflux for me.

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