Amanda Schmidt, AccuWeather, Sept. 11, 2018
Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sept. 10, 2017, battering the state with heavy rainfall and devastating winds as it moved inland.
Irma had a devastating impact on the iconic Florida Citrus industry. Florida growers across the state reported 30 to 70 percent crop loss, which caused an estimated $760 million in damages to the state’s citrus groves, according to Shelley Rossetter, assistant director of Global Marketing at the Florida Department of Citrus.
The last United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) production forecast of the season placed Florida Orange production at 44.95 million boxes in July, a decrease of nearly 35 percent from the previous season.