Even before measuring effects of Ian, USDA predicts lowest orange production since 1941-42 season

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is giving a grim outlook of the 2022-23 orange production season, with its first projection of the season showing the lowest output since the 1941-42 season.

And that’s before analysts weigh the effects of Hurricane Ian rampaging through the state.

The USDA forecast projects just 28 million boxes of Florida oranges will be produced in the 2022-23 season. That includes 17 million boxes of Valencia oranges and 11 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges.

That is well below the inaugural forecast last season — already a yearslong low — which predicted 47 million boxes of oranges

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