USDA Florida citrus crop forecast reflects freezes' effects

01/12/2011 02:00:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reduced the size of the 2010-11 Florida citrus crop by 3 million boxes to 140 million 90-pound boxes.

The USDA grapefruit estimate remains unchanged at 19.6 million 85-pound boxes.

"The new estimate reflects fruit size, which is smaller than anticipated, and some preliminary effects of December's cold weather, Mike Sparks, executive vice president of Lakeland-based Florida Citrus Mutual, said in a news release. "While the industry as a whole came through the cold in decent shape, we did have frozen fruit and leaf damage across most of the growing regions as well as more extensive damage in a few select areas. And this report reflects that."

To view the complete crop estimate, visit the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.



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