The 2017-2018 Florida all-orange forecast released by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA/NASS) on May 10 is 44.95 million boxes, down slightly from the April forecast of 45 million boxes. The total includes 18.95 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges (early, midseason and Navel varieties) and 26 million boxes of Valencia oranges.
The non-Valencia production forecast is finalized for the season as harvest is complete for the included varieties. The forecast of Valencia production is unchanged from the April forecast.
The forecast for Florida all-grapefruit production, currently at 3.95 million boxes, is down 1 percent from last month. The white grapefruit forecast was lowered 50,000 boxes while the red grapefruit forecast is unchanged.
The forecast for Florida tangerine and tangelo production is lowered 20,000 boxes to 750,000 boxes, representing a 3 percent decline from last month. If realized, this production level will be 54 percent less than last season’s production.
Florida Citrus Crop Forecast:
USDA/NASS May 2018 Citrus Maturity Test Results and Fruit Size Form
Mark your calendar! The next USDA citrus crop forecast will be on Tuesday, June 12, at approximately 12 noon Eastern Daylight Time/9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. 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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