Growers are adding new plantings and Richey said he thinks the acreage numbers are beginning to bottom out.
Overall, the state harvests from 544,062 acres, nearly a third less than the 836,051 acres of groves growers harvested in 2000, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Growers were scratching their heads trying to figure out how to combat greening but recently concluded that it’s a challenge the industry can meet through multiple approaches, and Richey said the trees are reacting positively to nutritional treatments.
Richey said the renewed optimism isn’t unrealistic.
“Florida citrus isn’t going anywhere,” he said.
“There will always be a Florida citrus industry. It’s changing like any industry. I believe we have a very sustainable model.”
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