The Florida Orange Industry Enters the Sunset Years

Maybe the disease destroying the citrus groves can be stopped. But it's a post-OJ world now.

Hanging low, not worth harvesting.

Photographer: Joe Raedle/getty images

It’s going to be another terrible orange harvest this winter in Florida. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast today that growers in the state will collect just 70 million boxes of the fruit in the coming months, down from 81.6 million in the previous harvest -- and down from the all-time peak of 244 million boxes in 1998.

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