Florida citrus crop weathers cold snap

The U.S. Department of Agriculture increased its March orange crop forecast for the 2009-2010 season by 2 million boxes, according to Florida Citrus Mutual.

Florida is now expected to produce 131 million boxes of oranges.

“This estimate is evidence that Florida citrus came through the ‘freeze that would never end’ in better shape than we first thought,” said Michael W. Sparks, executive VP/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual. “It was a tough patch but one can’t underestimate the resiliency of our industry.”