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Local Growers Filling Demand Following Hurricane Irma

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Local Growers Filling Demand Following Hurricane Irma

Local Growers Filling Demand Following Hurricane Irma

The USDA reported a decrease in production of about one third in Florida's citrus industry compared to last year.


Local Growers Filling Demand Following Hurricane Irma

Is local growers are seeing some of the biggest demand...for their fruit-- in years.

Texas citrus mutual says a lot of this need-- comes following hurricane irma's distruction... on florida groves more than a half a year ago.

Channel five's steven sarabia tells us how the valley is filling the citrus void left behind by the storm.

There's less then a month left for citrus harvest here in the valley and numbers like exports are up more then in previous years.

One man's lose is another man's gain... dale murden - citrus grower "i couldn't say what voids we are filling for florida but obviously we are.

Where they once went they can't."

Hurricane irma tore through florida's citrus industry... the usda reporting about a 3rd of production down from last year... some of those growers...are friends of local grower dale murdern dale murden - citrus grower "growers all across the state, no different then us and they are really suffering."

Local growers like murden are now picking up the slack from a hurricane which hit 7 months ago and over 950 miles away.

Dale murden - citrus grower "in all honesty we have benifited from the effects of the hurricane and the greening in florida we're filling market voids for them their grapefruit production is down we are a grapefruit market."

One of the biggest increase valley growers are seeing are in foriegn exports... according to the texas valley citrus committee the valley has already exported around 378,000 cartons of ctirus vs the 229,000 last harvest.

"while production and exports is up for grapefruits here in the valley there's other costs for growers which is also on the rise."

Dale murden - citrus grower "expenses are up for us because of greening and fruit flies and other issues we talk about from time to time."

Murden says despite the cost increase in maintaning groves... this is one of the best seasons in years.

Dale murden - citrus grower "overall growers here are very happy."

This isn't the first time valley growers have picked up the slack following a natural disaster.

Dale murden - citrus grower "years ago when california suffered a freeze our orange market was very strong that year and it's just a sad state it's somebody else loss and your gain and we've lost due to freezes and hurricanes other states have picked up the slack."

With a couple weeks left for harvest... murden says many growers like him are prepare for the next season.

While florida continues to recover... texas citrus mutual is predicting an increase in demand for next season as well.

In the channel five news studio steven sarabia channel five news at 6.

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