Florida orange growers are facing what’s forecast to be their smallest crop in nearly 90 years. Florida is expected to produce 18 million 90-pound boxes of juicing oranges this year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast last month.
That’s less than half of last year’s crop and a 93% decline from the 1998 peak, the Wall Street Journal reports. Not-from-concentrate juice now costs more than $10 a gallon.
Matt Joyner, CEO of trade association Florida Citrus Mutual, told Axios that farmers had just started to recover from 2017’s Hurricane Irma when 2022 brought a series of severe weather events.
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