Florida citrus industry suffered ‘widespread damages’ during Ian: Trade Group

Beneath each row of John Matz’s sprawling citrus grove near Zolfo Springs is a palette of vibrant hues: oranges, greens and yellows.Fallen fruit paints the ground.To Matz, it’s not a pretty sight. Each fallen citrus fruit is a dollar sign now rotting away.“I rode out here Friday after the hurricane. I just went home,” he said. “There wasn’t nothing I could do.”Hurricane Ian devastated his citrus grove. Some trees were uprooted. A few were suffocated by standing water. But the most problematic is the colorful mat of fallen fruit.Countless juvenile Hamlin and Valencia oranges, which are used to make orange

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