The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) final 2020-2021 Florida orange forecast is 52.8 million boxes. California orange production edged out Florida with 54.5 million boxes of oranges. Texas oranges remained at 1.05 million boxes.
The final Florida orange total is comprised of 22.7 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges (early, midseason and Navel varieties), unchanged from the June forecast, and 30.1 million boxes of Valencia oranges, up slightly from the June forecast of 30 million boxes. California non-Valencias increased from 42 to 45 million boxes, while Valencias dipped from 10 million to 9.5 million boxes.
The forecast for Florida grapefruit production is unchanged at 4.1 million boxes. Of the total grapefruit forecast, 620,000 boxes are white, and 3.48 million boxes are the red varieties. California grapefruit increased slightly from 4.2 to 4.4 million boxes to end the season.
The Florida tangerine and tangelo forecast remains at 890,000 boxes, while California increased production from 23 to 24 million boxes.
Lemon production declined in Arizona from 1.8 to 1.5 million boxes, and in California from 22 to 21.5 million boxes.
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Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service