For the 11th straight year, the annual citrus crop forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service will be broadcast live by Southeast AgNet Radio Network at 8:29 a.m. on Oct. 12, according to a Southeast AgNet news release.

Bob Terry, citrus statistics administrator for USDA/NASS, will provide the numbers as soon as they are released from the USDA in Washington, D.C., and immediate reaction will be offered by Roger Corrado, a trader of frozen-concentrated orange juice, from the “juice pit” at the New York Board of Trade.

Gary Cooper, president of Ocala, Fla.-based Southeast AgNet, will host the eight-minute broadcast from Stallings Crop Insurance Corp.’s Ray-Bob Groves near Alturas, where citrus growers will be invited to enjoy breakfast while listening.

More information on the breakfast is available on the network’s Web site, www.southeastagnet.com, by calling (352) 671-1909, or e-mailing office@southeastagnet.com.

Other grower events planned in conjunction with the broadcast include two Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association breakfasts – one at the Elks Club in Arcadia and the other at Joe Davis’ barn near Wauchula – and a gathering at the headquarters of the Highland County Citrus Growers Association near Sebring.

“Due to hurricanes of ’04 and ’05 and tree removal resulting from the further spread of citrus canker, coupled with drought and other production issues earlier this year, this particular citrus crop forecast is as highly anticipated as any in recent memory,” Cooper said in the release.

In addition to the radio broadcast, the AgNet program will be streamed in the Internet by the New York Board of Trade. A link to the audio stream and a fill-in-the-blank crop forecast chart can be found at www.southeastagnet.com and www.nybot.com.

Florida stations expected to participate in the live broadcast are listed here. Local stations should be contacted for confirmation:

  • WSWN (900 AM), Belle Glade
  • WBGF (93.5 FM), Belle Glade
  • WLKF (1430 AM), Lakeland
  • WLBE (790 AM), Leesburg
  • WMEL (920 AM), Melbourne
  • WOCA (1370 AM), Ocala
  • WPSL (1590 AM), Port St. Lucie
  • WZZS (106.9 FM), Zolfo Springs