October 13, 2004, as reported by just-food.com: Despite hurricanes
and high waters Florida’s farmers have managed
to salvage enough of their orange crops to meet U.S.
needs, reports the Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC).
The USDA crop estimates for Florida citrus said the
orange crop suffered a 27% loss over last year's production
and the grapefruit crop experienced a 63% loss over
last year. It is expected that these losses will reduce
orange juice inventories by 29% and grapefruit juice
by 68% this season. The crops were severely damaged
by a particularly harsh hurricane season this year.
"The Florida citrus crop estimate confirms our
expectations that the storms did significant damage
to this year's crop. However, the estimated orange crop
combined with ample juice reserves, should provide enough
for US consumption," said Robert Norberg, director
of economic and market research for FDOC.
The Florida Department of Citrus is an executive agency
of Florida government charged with the marketing, research
and regulation of the Florida citrus industry.