orange production costs

Singerman on Orange Production Costs and CHMA Participation

Ernie Neff Citrus Expo, Citrus Greening, Economics

orange production costs

Ariel Singerman

Southwest Florida citrus growers are now spending about $2,327 per acre to grow oranges, University of Florida economist Ariel Singerman said in a Citrus Expo presentation in August. “This is a decrease in cost of about 4 percent compared to last year,” Singerman says in this report.

He explains the reason for the production cost decrease: “It is no longer profitable to keep raising those costs. Prices are not supporting a higher cost of production … They (growers) have to manage so that they make a living.”

Singerman also reported that according to a survey he conducted in April, 62 percent of growers are participating in citrus health management areas (CHMAs). CHMA participants coordinate sprays for HLB-spreading psyllids in an effort to minimize psyllid populations and HLB. He cites reasons the 38 percent who are not in CHMAs gave for not participating: “First, they don’t participate because their neighbors are not participating. And the second top reason was that they preferred to spray on their own timing.”

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Ernie Neff

Senior Correspondent at Large