May Florida Citrus Forecast Sees Some Changes

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(Photo courtesy of the Florida Department of Citrus)

The 2018–2019 Florida all-orange forecast released May 10 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is 72.4 million boxes, down 5 percent from the April forecast. The total includes 30.4 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges (early, midseason, and Navel varieties) and 42 million boxes of Valencia oranges.

The forecast of non-Valencia production is finalized at 30.4 million boxes. Harvest is complete for the included varieties. The forecast of Valencia production is down 9 percent from the April forecast. The row count survey conducted April 29–30 showed 62 percent of the Valencia rows are

The forecast for Florida grapefruit production is down 7 percent to 4.58 million boxes. The white grapefruit forecast is reduced 20,000 boxes to 780,000 boxes. The red grapefruit forecast is lowered 300,000 boxes and is now 3.8 million boxes.

The forecast for Florida tangerine and tangelo production increased 5 percent to 1 million boxes. If realized, this production level will be 33 percent more than last season’s hurricane-affected production of 750,000 boxes.

View the May 2019 USDA Citrus Maturity Test Results and Fruit Size form.

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The next live USDA citrus crop forecast will be on Tuesday, June 11, at approximately 12:00 p.m. eastern daylight savings time/9:00 a.m. pacific time.

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Source: USDA