Florida's citrus acreage down 4.1%

09/24/2007 02:00:00 AM

Florida's citrus groves have declined 4.1% since 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's biennial citrus census released Sept. 14, The (Lakeland) Ledger reported.

Of seven counties surveyed, Martin County lost the most trees, dropping to 4.4 million from 5 million, and Polk County was second, dropping to 9.6 million from 10.2 million.

"We're still losing a lot of trees to urbanization, tristeza disease and abandonment of groves due to the low price of fruit we had prior to this season," Bob Terry, a Florida Agricultural Statistics Service statistician, said in the article.



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