Effects of hurricane linger for Florida avocados

The Florida avocado crop is smaller this year thanks to the effects of Hurricane Irma. ( Brooks Tropical )

Florida avocado volume is expected to be significantly lower this season.

“Hurricane Irma did a number on Florida avocados,” said Mary Ostlund, director of marketing for Homestead, Fla.-based Brooks Tropicals.

“Avocado trees are shallow-rooted. The trees got stressed during the storm, impacting both harvesting volumes and seasonal starts. This is a season of hesitant projections.”