Production Dips in All Citrus States

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Citrus production in the 2020-21 season dipped in California, Florida, Texas and Arizona compared to the previous season. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA/NASS) recently reported that total U.S. output of 6.9 million tons of citrus was down 12% from 2019-20.

CALIFORNIA
Total utilized production in California was down 3% in 2020-21. Orange production was off 7%, and grapefruit was down 17%. Tangerine and mandarin output climbed 25%. California had 60% of total U.S. citrus production in 2020-21. Estimates for California oranges and grapefruit are preliminary, because the marketing season is not yet complete.

FLORIDA
Florida’s total utilized production was down 21%. Oranges were off 22% and grapefruit dipped 15%. Florida had 38% of total U.S. production.

TEXAS AND ARIZONA
Total utilized production in Texas tumbled 39%. Oranges were down 22%, and grapefruit decreased 45%.

Arizona lemon output dropped by 56%.

Texas and Arizona combined had less than 2% of total U.S. production.  

VALUE AND ACREAGE
The value of the 2020-21 U.S. citrus crop was down 3% from last season, to $3.31 billion. Orange production value dropped 7%, and grapefruit value climbed 11%. The value of tangerines and mandarins was up 2%; lemon value was down slightly.

Total U.S. bearing citrus acreage dropped to 668,100 acres from 681,300 in 2019-20. Florida, which has the most citrus acres at 369,300, dropped from 380,500 bearing acres in 2019-20. California has 267,700 bearing acres, down from 269,700. Texas and Arizona acreage remained stable, at 23,800 and 7,300 bearing acres, respectively.  

See the full U.S. Citrus Fruits 2021 Summary.

The USDA/NASS also issued a detailed report on Florida’s citrus acres and crop value. That report showed that Florida’s total acreage, including both bearing and non-bearing acreage, declined 3% in 2021 to 407,348 acres, and that on-tree value of $579 million was 17% less than the previous year.

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service

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