In Florida, oranges hold steady, grapefruit drops slightly
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s orange crop is holding steady, while the grapefruit crop dipped month to month.
New estimates released Friday shows that Florida’s orange crop for the 2018-2019 season remained unchanged from the previous month at 77 million boxes.
Estimates for Florida’s grapefruit crop dipped by 600,000 boxes to an estimated 5.4 million boxes for the season.
Shannon Shepp, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus, says the drop in the number of estimated grapefruit boxes reflects the on-going impact of Hurricane Irma from 2017 on Florida’s signature crops.
The hurricane was blamed for a significant dip in crops last season when Florida produced only 44.9 million boxes of oranges and 3.8 million boxes of grapefruit.