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Florida’s Shrinking Orange Crop Faces Hyperactive Storm Season

  • Heightened risk comes amid the lowest crop in decades
  • Orange juice futures in New York are up 55% in past year
Oranges in a basket during a harvest in Avon Park, Florida.

Oranges in a basket during a harvest in Avon Park, Florida.

Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

A record seventh hyperactive hurricane season is about to start in the Atlantic Ocean, putting pressure on Florida’s reign as the top US orange producer. 

The US National Weather Service is forecasting 14 to 21 named storms to spin across the Atlantic during the six-month season that starts June 1.