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November Crop Forecast

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About the Citrus Crop Forecast

Candi Erick, agricultural statistics administrator with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Agricultural Statistics Service, describes the basics for creating a citrus crop forecast:

“The four basic parameters used in the forecast are number of bearing trees, number of fruit per tree, fruit size and fruit loss from droppage. The first two of these parameters have the greatest influence on the forecast.

“The general model incorporates the estimated total fruit (bearing trees times average fruit per tree), divided by the number of fruit projected to make a standard box at harvest (using the fruit size survey), reduced for droppage (the fraction of fruit counted at survey time, but lost to droppage before it was harvested). We have different surveys to collect the data.

“The sample design stratifies that state’s citrus belt into five nearly homogenous areas, and the bearing trees into five age groups. Sample groves for surveying are selected from the citrus tree inventory using probability sampling procedures. Regressions based upon the indicators and actual production from previous seasons are used to make projections based upon current conditions.”

Previous Forecasts

November 2017: Citrus Crop Forecast: Numbers Decline for Florida in All Categories

October 2017: Citrus Crop Forecast: Florida All Oranges at 54 Million Boxes

July 2017: Final U.S. Citrus Crop Forecast Down 17 Percent from Last Season

June 2017: June Citrus Forecast: Oranges Up; Tangerines Down

May 2017: Citrus Crop Forecast Has Small Changes

April 2017: Crop Forecast Sees Changes for Grapefruit, Tangerines and Mandarins

March 2017: Orange Forecast Drops for Florida and California

February 2017: Non-Valencia Oranges Cut to 35.0 Million Boxes

January 2017: Small Changes in USDA Citrus Crop Forecast

December 2016: USDA Citrus Crop Forecast Has Little Changes

November 2016: Increase in Florida Non-Valencia Oranges

October 2016: First Florida Citrus Crop Forecast of the Season Shows Declines

July 2016: Citrus Forecast Has Valencia Oranges Up Slightly

June 2016: Citrus Crop Forecast Has Slight Increases

March 2016: Citrus Crop Forecast Increases

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