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Updated: 01/16/2014 08:00:02AM

USDA decreases Florida orange crop estimate

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture now forecasts the 2013-2014 Florida orange crop at 115 million boxes, down 5 percent from its December estimate.

The USDA estimated early-mid orange varieties at 54 million, down 2 million and Valencia at 61 million, down 4 million from December. Florida Citrus Mutual blamed the decrease on fruit drop caused by citrus greening disease.

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