Agriculture: Orange Crush

The way Florida's hyperproductive orange growers see it, 1962 was a blessed year. The season was remarkably free from pests and blight, but a severe two-day cold snap came along as a record harvest was under way. The freeze ruined 35% of the crop —and saved the industry from an oversupply that might have left it in the red. This year, by contrast, the growers face catastrophe.

Cursed by unrelieved warmth and sun, and by new production from south ern-Florida groves, the current crop will surpass last season's 100 million boxes (100 lbs....

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