Florida orange crop forecast lowest in 80 years, even before Hurricane Ian arrived

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Oct. 12 citrus forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed production levels in Florida at their lowest since the 1940s. However, the data provided in the report reflects the situation before Hurricane Ian blew through the state, bringing floods, tree-uprooting winds, and other debris damage to the state’s orange groves.

Put bluntly, the state’s orange crop, grapefruit crop, and tangerine and tangelo crops were all down. The USDA reported only 28 million boxes of oranges were expected to come from Florida.

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