Florida’s 2018–2019 orange production is up 59 percent from the previous season.
Citrus utilized production for the 2018–19 season totaled 7.94 million tons, up 31 percent from the 2017–18 season. California accounted for 51 percent of total U.S. citrus production; Florida totaled 44 percent, and Texas and Arizona produced the remaining 5 percent.
Florida’s orange production, at 71.8 million boxes, is up 59 percent from the previous season. Grapefruit utilization in Florida, at 4.51 million boxes, is up 16 percent from last season’s utilization. Florida’s total citrus utilization increased 56 percent from the previous season. Bearing citrus acreage, at 387,100 acres, is 13,800 acres below the 2017–18 season.
Utilized citrus production in California increased 15 percent from the 2017–18 season. California’s all orange production, at 49.8 million boxes, is 13 percent higher than the previous season. Grapefruit production is down 16 percent from the 2017–18 season, but tangerine and mandarin production is up 35 percent.
Utilized production of citrus in Texas is up 29 percent from the 2017–18 season. Orange production is up 33 percent from the previous season, and grapefruit production increased 27 percent. Total citrus production in Arizona’s lemon production is up 35 percent from last season.
The value of the 2018–19 U.S. citrus crop increased 1 percent from last season, to $3.35 billion (packinghouse-door equivalent). Orange value of production decreased 7 percent from last season, and grapefruit value is down 1 percent. Tangerine and mandarin value of production is 31 percent higher than last season, but lemon value of production is down 4 percent.
Overall comparisons discussed above are based on similar fruit types. The revised production and utilization estimates are based on all data available at the end of the marketing season, including information from marketing orders, shipments and processor records. Allowances are made for recorded local utilization and home use. Estimates for the 2018–19 California Valencia oranges and grapefruit are preliminary.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture