June Citrus Forecast Sees Florida Oranges Fall

Tacy Callies Crop Forecast


The U.S. Department of Agriculture released an update to the 2019–20 citrus crop forecast on June 11.

The Florida all-orange forecast is 67.65 million boxes, down from May’s 69.65 million boxes. The forecast for Florida non-Valencia orange production remains at 29.65 million boxes. Florida Valencia oranges fell 5 percent to 38 million boxes.

The California all-orange forecast is 48.5 million boxes. The Texas all-orange figure is 2.3 million boxes. Both are unchanged.

Florida grapefruit production saw a slight decrease from last month. The white grapefruit forecast shrunk from 800,000 boxes to 790,000 boxes. The red grapefruit forecast remained at 4.1 million boxes.

California’s forecast for grapefruit is 4.3 million boxes and Texas’s forecast is for 5.8 million boxes, both unchanged.

Florida’s tangerine and tangelo crop was unchanged from the May forecast of 1.02 million boxes. California’s forecast for tangerines and tangelos remains at 23 million boxes.

The lemon forecast is unchanged at 1.9 million boxes for Arizona and 21 million boxes for California.

See the June U.S. citrus crop forecast report here.

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“This forecast reflects the natural fluctuations we would expect over the course of a season and contributes to a multi-year trend indicating growers continue to make strides against citrus greening. We are encouraged by year-over-year increases in both grapefruit and specialty citrus production and hope to see similar stability or gains in the orange category soon,” said Shannon Shepp, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus.

Mark your calendar! The final citrus crop forecast for the 2019–20 season is scheduled to be released at 12:00 noon Eastern Time/9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, July 10, 2020. You will be able to tune in to the Citrus Industry website to hear the numbers as they are given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Coverage of the Citrus Crop Forecast is brought to you by Aerobotics, Farm Credit of Florida, Fruit Shield, Labor Solutions,  and TradeMark Nitrogen Corp.

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Tacy Callies

Editor of Citrus Industry magazine