The 2018–2019 Florida all-orange forecast released by Mark Hudson of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now 71.6 million boxes. The total is comprised of 30.4 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges (early, mid-season and Navel varieties), unchanged from the June forecast, and 41.2 million boxes of Valencia oranges, up 200,000 boxes from last month.
California non-Valencia oranges remained at 40 million boxes, but Valencia oranges increased 1 million boxes to a forecast of 10 million boxes.
Texas non-Valencia oranges increased to 2.2 million boxes, but Valencia oranges decreased from 575,000 boxes to 290,000 boxes.
The forecast for all-Florida grapefruit production is unchanged at 4.51 million boxes. Of the total grapefruit forecast, 770,000 boxes are white and 3.74 million boxes are the red varieties.
The California grapefruit forecast increased 500,000 boxes for July to 4.5 million boxes, while Texas grapefruit decreased slightly from 6.3 million boxes to 6.1 million boxes.
TANGERINES AND TANGELOS
The Florida tangerine and tangelo forecast remains at 990,000 boxes. California’s total in this category decreased from 22 million boxes to 21 million boxes.
Mark your calendar! The initial USDA citrus crop forecast for the 2019–2020 season will be on Thursday, October 10, at approximately 12 noon Eastern 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/National Agricultural Statistics Service headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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