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florida citrus crop forecastU.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)/National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) October 2018 Florida Citrus Crop Forecast

Given the dramatic decline in production that Hurricane Irma caused last season, citrus growers are eager to hear this season’s first forecast.

The initial citrus crop forecast for the 2018–19 season from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will be released at 12:00 noon Eastern Time/9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. You will be able to tune in and hear the numbers as they are given by Mark Hudson from USDA/NASS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Please click in the player above for the Internet audio stream that will bring you the live forecast on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. The audio stream on this website will begin at approximately 12 noon Eastern Time/9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Follow along with the forecast. Please feel free to download the 2018-2019 – Citrus Crop Fill-in Chart.

ATTENTION LISTENERS: Please be aware this LIVE AUDIO CONFERENCE is sometimes a few moments late to start, and there is no background music in preview. So when you tune in at the scheduled time, please be patient as the conference call will be silent until USDA officials join the line to release the crop update.

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ABOUT THE CITRUS CROP FORECAST
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

July 2018: Final Citrus Forecast of the 2017-18 Season

June 2018: Florida Citrus Forecast: Grapefruit Down Slightly

May 2018: Florida Citrus Forecast Sees Slight Decreases

April 2018: Florida Citrus Forecast: Oranges Hold Steady, Grapefruit Tumbles

March 2018: Florida Specialty Citrus Up; California Valencias Down

February 2018: Florida Orange Crop Forecast Falls Again

January 2018: January Citrus Crop Forecast Is Stable

December 2017: Citrus Crop Forecast: Oranges Down, Grapefruit Holds Steady

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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