Despite storms Florida orange crop will quench U.S. thirst

October 13, 2004, as reported by 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.

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