Most growers and professionals in the citrus industry are aware that Florida’s orange crop has declined due to diseases like citrus greening and natural disasters like Hurricane Irma. However, Florida’s grapefruit crop has been suffering tremendously as well, even more severely than Florida oranges. The Florida orange crop has dropped by 35 percent this year, while Florida grapefruit has dropped by 48 percent this year.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Radio Headline Host Gary Crawford discusses the details of heavy grapefruit decline with USDA Florida Statistician Mark Hudson.
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