Fortunato Ruiz empties a sack of oranges at a SMR Farms citrus grove on Lorraine Road in this 2007 file photograph. The amount of citrus is currently down 17 percent. 
 File Photo-GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald
Fortunato Ruiz empties a sack of oranges at a SMR Farms citrus grove on Lorraine Road in this 2007 file photograph. The amount of citrus is currently down 17 percent. File Photo-GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald Grant Jefferies
Fortunato Ruiz empties a sack of oranges at a SMR Farms citrus grove on Lorraine Road in this 2007 file photograph. The amount of citrus is currently down 17 percent. File Photo-GRANT JEFFERIES/Bradenton Herald Grant Jefferies

State citrus forecasts predict a 17 percent decline in fruit

October 09, 2015 07:28 PM