This is expected to be one of the worst years ever for Florida’s citrus crops due to an incurable disease.
The USDA predicts that state will produce less than 45 million boxes of oranges, grapefruits, tangerines and tangelos this year due to the ravages of citrus greening.
That would be fewest number of boxes produced in 80 years.
Citrus greening prevents the tree from absorbing nutrients, ultimately yielding fewer and smaller fruit over time and impairing the tree’s ability to properly mature.
Once a tree is infected, there is no cure.