Florida citrus producers are seeing some optimism despite heavy production challenges

A bit of optimism has surfaced for the Florida citrus crop after experiencing the worst production since World World II.

The National Ag Statistics Service shares more about this month’s forecast.
According to Mark Hudson, “We went up 100,000 boxes to 9.6 million boxes, that’s up 1% from last month, but down 58% from last year and 68% from two years ago, and overall, our number lease is unchanged and then there are all oranges of 15.75 million boxes is up 1% from last year’s forecast down 62%"

Grapefruit production is also predicted to go up 100,000 boxes, which will be up 6% from last month but down 45% from 2022.

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