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Irma May Have Caused Losses of Up to 30 Percent on Some Major Ag Crops in Florida

“Most of the oranges and grapefruit were not yet ready to be harvested,” said Brad Rippey, a USDA meteorologist. “So I’m afraid we’ll see a lot of green fruit that was tossed to the ground because of the storm winds.”

 

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