Florida’s citrus crop facing a huge threat of Citrus Greening disease

by Rachel Baker on April 26, 2014

While this may not be too big a deal for others around the country, this is a huge concern for people in Florida in regards to the economic impact of a less than profitable citrus crop.

Greening started to be a problem after Hurricane Andrew, when hundreds of acres of groves had to be burned to try to eradicate the citrus disease. The problem has just gotten worse in the years since.

Ft. Pierce, Florida — Florida’s citrus crop, especially oranges, is facing a huge threat. The problem is a tiny insect that’s killing off the fruit in record amounts. We get more from NBC’s Mark Potter.

Florida farmers are throwing everything they’ve got into a desperate attempt to keep their citrus trees alive.

But, they are losing the battle against a deadly disease discovered here nine years ago that now threatens the entire industry.

Michaels Sparks, Florida Citrus Mutual, “If we can’t whip this disease, you could possibly lose, would lose, orange juice at the breakfast table.”

The threatening disease is known as “Citrus Greening,” carried by a tiny insect known as the Asian citrus psyllid.

Because of it, the Florida orange crop this year is expected to be the lowest in 30 years.

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