A flooded house following Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida. Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg Hurricane Ian will continue to wreak damage on Florida’s crops even as it moves to other states with standing water left in its wake posing a risk to orange groves and vegetables. Flooding poses risks to trees and could increase the amount of fruits being dropped in the ground, said Matt Joyner, CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual. It also could disrupt planting schedules for crops like green beans, sweet corn, sugar cane and tomatoes. “If you can’t get the water out in the first 72 hours, things tend to get pretty grim,” said Matt Joyner, who represents over 25,000 growers in the areas most affected by the hurricane. Ian struck the nation’s leading producer of oranges and other fruits and vegetables as the US heads into cooler autumn months, disrupting planting at a time when […]