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Updated: 11/07/2013 08:00:01AM

Citrus crop predictions to be issued Friday

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The United States Department of Agriculture will release the official 2013-2014 Citrus Crop Forecast at noon Friday. Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association will be hosting a luncheon meeting in conjunction with the release of the forecast. All commercial citrus growers are invited to attend.

The citrus crop forecast is generally known within the industry as a starting point for the citrus season. This forecast is updated each month during the season to represent changes in crop size, yield, and maturity. The Florida Agricultural Statistics Service, a branch of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, prepares the citrus crop forecast each season. The number of producing trees, spacing, past production, tree health and weather phenomena are taken into account when determining the forecast. Growers and buyers will eagerly watch the forecast as the size of the crop will affect the price of the fruit.

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