Florida grapefruit projection falls again

Since March, the forecast for the grapefruit crop has dropped more than 12 percent, with two months remaining in the growing season. Meanwhile, the orange harvest showed a slight uptick in the May forecast released on Wednesday.

Grapefruit production fell 16 percent from the 2014-2015 growing season to the 2015-2016 season. Since March, the grapefruit outlook went from 8.9 million boxes to 8.1 million boxes in April and 7.8 million boxes on Wednesday.

The citrus industry is now projected to fill 68 million 90-pound boxes with oranges, 1 million more boxes than forecast in April. The number is nearly 3 percent below the forecast when the current growing season began in October.

source: news4jax.com

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