On June 10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the Florida orange forecast at 52.7 million boxes. Total orange production is up 2% from the May forecast but down 22% from last season’s final utilization.
The forecast for Florida non-Valencia orange production is 22.7 million boxes, unchanged from the previous forecast. The Navel forecast, included in the non-Valencia portion of the forecast, is 580,000 boxes, 3% of the non-Valencia total.
The Valencia orange production forecast is up 1 million boxes from last month and is now 30 million boxes. The row count survey conducted on June 1 showed that the Valencia harvest is relatively complete.
The forecast for Florida grapefruit production is final at 4.1 million boxes. White grapefruit is reduced 80,000 boxes to 620,000 boxes. Red grapefruit is lowered 20,000 boxes to 3.48 million boxes. The grapefruit forecast is down 2% from last month. The row count survey conducted June 1 indicated harvest is complete for these varieties.
The forecast for Florida tangerines and tangelos is final at 890,000 boxes, which is down 1% from the 900,000 boxes reported in May. Last season’s final production was 1.02 million boxes.
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The California and Texas citrus production forecasts were carried forward from the previous forecast and are unchanged.
The final USDA citrus crop forecast of the season will be broadcast July 12, at approximately 12 noon Eastern/9 a.m. Pacific time. You will be able to hear that broadcast right here on CitrusIndustry.net.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service