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Updated: 03/10/2013 08:02:24AM

It’s been a tough year for Fla. citrus

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Three times this growing season, the USDA has decreased its crop estimate, a figure Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam calls "extraordinary."

By TAMARA LUSH

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ST. PETERSBURG — Florida’s citrus crop has suffered huge losses this year, with fruit falling from trees and the overall forecast declining about 10 percent, but the problems shouldn’t translate to a price increase at the breakfast table — yet.

Experts and growers say warm, dry weather; too much fruit on each tree; and citrus greening disease are the likely culprits.

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