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Florida citrus growers face challenges from lowest crop yield in more than 80 years

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida’s agriculture commissioner said citrus growers are ready to meet the challenges that resulted in the lowest crop yield in over 80 years.

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Commissioner Wilton Simpson announced Thursday that the latest crop forecast is now worse than the original estimate.

The biggest issues were freezes, tree disease and inflation.

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Florida is expected to produce 18 million boxes of citrus.

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That’s the smallest amount since 1937.

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