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Photos of the Day: USDA Projects Lowest Florida Orange Crop in 24 Years

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:44am

This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame. The USDA's 2013-2014 orange forecast is 110 million boxes, down 18 percent from last season's final production figure.

In this July 14, 2006 file photo, with ripe Valencia oranges waiting to be picked as Juan Tinajero climbs a ladder in Arcadia, Fla. The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture released its citrus production forecast Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The forecast this year’s Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit’s lowest crop total in 24 years. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Read: Deadly Bacteria Decimates Florida Orange Production

This year's Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit's lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that's infecting the trees is to blame. The USDA's 2013-2014 orange forecast is 110 million boxes, down 18 percent from last season's final production figure.

In this July 14, 2006 file photo, Juan Tinajero, drops an 80-pound bag of oranges into a holding barrel in Arcadia, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

 

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