Geneva Co. satsuma oranges plentiful despite drought

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LYTLE, Ala. (WTVY) — The Wiregrass is not known for only its high yield cotton and peanut crops anymore. A piece of the sunshine state has rooted deep in the southeast Alabama black soil.

This weekend, Sam Wilkes held a satsuma orange sale on his farm in western Geneva County's rural Lytle community after planting more than seven-hundred trees five years ago, Wilkes says the plants are now bearing Grade-A citrus.

Three years ago, the orange grove was nearly killed by a late winter ice storm.

In the 1920's and 30's, the Wiregrass and Northwest Florida was known for its satsuma orange groves.

If you would like more information, you can contact Wilkes at 334-360-5555.

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