Growers await better season with favorable weather and lower acreage

11/05/2010 11:44:43 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

As the winter begins, the southern half of Florida produces oranges, grapefruit and tangerines.

Though a fraction of the state’s overall citrus crop ships fresh, most tangerines and navel oranges ship fresh and nearly half of the state’s grapefruit go to fresh channels.

Blasted by arctic air during winter freezes that delayed their production, strawberry growers in the central part of the state are hopeful they won’t have to experience what they underwent last season.

Strawberry harvesting normally begins in earnest in early to mid-December.

The far southern part of the state grows avocados and fall tropicals such as boniato and star fruit.

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