Will orange production go the way of Cypress Gardens?

01/15/2014 10:50:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

Although some producers are replanting orange groves, using high-density plantings and the latest production technologies, others are leaving former groveland fallow or seriously exploring other non-citrus crops.

And with economy picking up, will some of those former groves be replanted with houses? These are all tough questions that the industry and individual growers will continue to grapple with in the coming months and years.

Let’s hope that the absence of orange juice on Winter Haven’s city logo was just a marketing ploy and isn’t a harbinger of things to come.


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Sidney Robinson    
Redland, Fl 33031 Homestead  |  January, 16, 2014 at 12:13 AM

Here in Redland Fl from early 1900's into the 50's, Citrus was grown in large tracts on rockland and marl soils. Central Fla took over then the large production of orange and greatfruit growing. Redland since then is producing tomatoes, beans, squash,zuucinni, tropical fruits of all kinds and exotic vegs & fruits. We adjusted nicely after citrus growing went northward. This change of crops can also help Central Fla farmers diversify their agricultural interests. Forget the idea (land-use) of more over-crowding of homes----we need food for the entire world.... There are a lot of mouths out there to feed.

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