Southeast US: Citrus crop looks very promising

As the Southeast is sweltering under the merciless sun, one citrus grower believes this year’s crop is ‘very promising’. Kim Jones owns a citrus packing facility in Monticello, Florida and is part-owner of a similar facility in Tifton, Georgia. He discusses the state of this year’s crop in North Florida and South Georgia.

“Everything looks real good right now. We’re coming on with some good fruit. We’ve got a lot of clay sprayed on them trying to keep the sunburn off,” Jones said. “We’re still fighting leafminers hard and heavy, which is a constant battle. Other than that, it’s been pretty nice.”

Harvest season is still four months away. Unfortunately, a lot can transpire over the course of those months, specifically tropical weather. But the region’s citrus producers should be in line for a bumper crop, barring storms with high winds.

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