Decline in U.S. Citrus Production and Value

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Citrus production and crop value in the Unites States both declined in 2021–22 compared to the prior season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA/NASS) reported recently.

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Citrus utilized production in the United States for the 2021–22 season totaled 5.61 million tons, down 19% from the 2020–21 season. California accounted for 62% of total United States citrus production, Florida totaled 36%, and Texas and Arizona produced the remaining 2%.

Utilized citrus production in California was down 16% from the 2020–21 season. California’s all-orange production, at 40.4 million boxes, is 18% lower than the previous season. Grapefruit production in California is down 2% from the 2020–21 season, and tangerine/mandarin production is down 40%. Estimates for 2021–22 California Valencia orange and grapefruit production are preliminary, since the marketing season was not complete at publication time.

Florida’s orange production, at 41.1 million boxes, is down 22% from the previous season. Grapefruit utilization in Florida, at 3.33 million boxes, is down 19% from last season’s utilization. Florida’s total citrus utilization was down 22% from the previous season.

Utilized production of citrus in Texas is down 46% from the 2020–21 season. Orange production is down 81% from the previous season, and grapefruit production is down 29%.

Arizona’s production of lemons is up 27%.

The value of the 2021–22 U.S. citrus crop was down 13% from last season, to $2.91 billion (packinghouse-door equivalent). Orange value of production decreased 9% from last season, and grapefruit value is down 27%. Tangerine and mandarin value of production is down 18% from last season, and lemon value of production is down 13% from last season. Get the details on Florida citrus crop values.

In addition to the information about production and value, the USDA/NASS Citrus Fruits 2022 Summary includes information about acreage and prices. See the full report here.


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