The 2017-2018 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Florida citrus forecast for July is unchanged from June. The all-orange forecast remains at 45 million boxes. The total is comprised of 19 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges (early, midseason, and Navel varieties) and 26 million boxes of Valencia oranges. All-Florida grapefruit production is unchanged at 3.88 million boxes. Of the total grapefruit forecast, 700,000 boxes are white and 3.18 million boxes are red. The Florida all-tangerine and tangelo forecast remains at 750,000 boxes.
In Texas, the all-orange forecast declined from 2.11 million boxes in June to 1.88 million boxes in July. Texas grapefruit dipped from 5.7 million boxes in June to 4.8 million boxes in July.
California’s tangerine/tangelo forecast changed from 21 million boxes in June to 20 million boxes in July.
Mark your calendar! The first USDA citrus crop forecast of the 2018-2019 season will be released at 12:00 noon Eastern Time/9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Tune in to hear the numbers as they are given by Mark Hudson from USDA/National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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