citrus acreage tumbled

Florida Citrus Acreage Skids 4 Percent to 480,121

Ernie Neff Economics

citrus acreage tumbled

Candi Erick

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commercial Citrus Inventory, released Monday, shows total Florida citrus acreage tumbled 4 percent from last year to the lowest level since tracking began in 1966. The gross loss of 31,365 acres is the largest loss recorded in a single season since one-year interval surveys began in 2009. New plantings – at 10,090 acres – are less than in each of the last two seasons.

Candi Erick, agricultural statistics administrator with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Agricultural Statistics Service, reports on the latest acreage and tree numbers.

Erick also reports that Florida’s abandoned citrus acres increased slightly to 130,684. Finally, she reports on last season’s Florida citrus production and value, both down significantly from the previous year.

Read the following USDA reports:

Commercial Citrus Inventory Preliminary Report
Citrus Acreage
2015-2016 Citrus Summary Production, Price and Value Production by County and per Tree
Citrus Abandoned Acres
Citrus Fruit Size and Drop

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Ernie Neff

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