May Florida Citrus Forecast Sees Some Changes

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The 2018–2019 Florida all-orange forecast released May 10 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is 72.4 million boxes, down 5 percent from the April forecast. The total includes 30.4 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges (early, midseason, and Navel varieties) and 42 million boxes of Valencia oranges.

The forecast of non-Valencia production is finalized at 30.4 million boxes. Harvest is complete for the included varieties. The forecast of Valencia production is down 9 percent from the April forecast. The row count survey conducted April 29–30 showed 62 percent of the Valencia rows are
harvested.

The forecast for Florida grapefruit production is down 7 percent to 4.58 million boxes. The white grapefruit forecast is reduced 20,000 boxes to 780,000 boxes. The red grapefruit forecast is lowered 300,000 boxes and is now 3.8 million boxes.

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The forecast for Florida tangerine and tangelo production increased 5 percent to 1 million boxes. If realized, this production level will be 33 percent more than last season’s hurricane-affected production of 750,000 boxes.

View the May 2019 USDA Citrus Maturity Test Results and Fruit Size form.

Hear the May 2019 citrus crop forecast for all states:

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The next live USDA citrus crop forecast will be on Tuesday, June 11, at approximately 12:00 p.m. eastern daylight savings time/9:00 a.m. pacific time.

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Source: USDA

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