After Hurricane Ian, Florida Citrus and Agriculture Struggle | app

ZOLFO SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — The thousands of oranges strewn across the ground by Hurricane Ian’s high winds like so many green and yellow marbles are just the beginning of disaster for citrus grower Roy Petteway.

Fruit strewn across his 100-acre (40-hectare) grove in central Florida since the storm swept through will largely go to waste. But what’s even worse is the floodwaters and rain that have weakened the orange trees in a way that’s hard to see right away.

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