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Updated: 04/16/2014 11:10:03AM

Putnam: Citrus greening

‘has reached a crisis point’

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This year's orange harvest might be the smallest in a quarter century.

By TAMARA LUSH

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ST. PETERSBURG (AP) — This year’s Florida orange crop is approaching the fruit’s lowest harvest in decades, and experts say a deadly bacteria that’s infecting the trees is to blame.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week released its citrus production forecast and the news isn’t good. The 2013-2014 orange forecast is 110 million boxes, down 4 percent from last month, and 18 percent less than last season’s final production figure.

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