South African

South African Orange and OJ Production

Daniel Cooper Crop Forecast, International

South African orange and orange juice (OJ) production are both forecast to decline slightly in 2023–24 compared to the prior season, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS). FRESH ORANGES Orange production in South Africa is forecast at 1.62 million metric tons (MMT). That’s a decrease of 1% from the prior season based on a …

survey

Citrus Industry Survey Looks at Planting Intentions

Daniel Cooper Florida, planting, Survey

By Frank Giles Last month, results of the Florida Citrus State of the Industry Survey showed a majority (84%) of growers had treated at least a portion of their groves with trunk-injection therapy. Will this new HLB treatment give growers confidence to plant new trees? Survey results indicate growers are putting trees into the ground. Here’s a look at more …

Peace River Valley

Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association Ceases Operations

Daniel Cooper Citrus, Florida

Peace River Valley Citrus Growers Association (PRVCGA) is ending its 31-year run. After much consideration and deliberation, the association’s board of directors announced the decision to close down in a letter released Feb. 12 by Executive Director Emma Keller. The letter stated that the tough decision to close the association “comes after facing numerous challenges that have significantly impacted our …

field day

Field Day Features Mechanical Citrus Harvest

Daniel Cooper Events, Technology

By Frank Giles A recent field day showcased how technology might help citrus growers with two of their biggest challenges: sourcing labor and fighting HLB.  The event was held at Lost Lake Groves in Lake Placid, Florida, and featured machine harvest of citrus trees in an experimental super-high-density grove. The grove has 908 trees per acre and has been topped …

tangerines/mandarins

Greater Worldwide Production of Tangerines/Mandarins

Daniel Cooper Crop Forecast, International, Mandarins

Global production of tangerines/mandarins for 2023–24 is forecast to rise 3% over the prior year to 38 million tons, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS) reported. The increase is mainly due to favorable weather in China and Turkey. Here’s the region-by-region forecast for tangerines/mandarins: China production is forecast 400,000 tons higher to 26.9 million tons due …

oxytetracycline

Tips for Trunk Injection of Oxytetracycline

Daniel Cooper HLB Management, Tip of the Week

By Ute Albrecht and Ozgur Batuman Follow these important tips for proper trunk injection of oxytetracycline as a citrus therapeutic. APPLICATION TIMING INJECTION TECHNIQUE ADDITIONAL ADVICE Ute Albrecht (ualbrecht@ufl.edu) and Ozgur Batuman (obatuman@ufl.edu) are associate professors at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. Sponsored ContentProtect Your Groves From …

alico

Alico Reports Results for Early and Mid-Season Oranges

Daniel Cooper financial, Production

Alico, Inc.’s Citrus Division reported it had “significantly lower than anticipated” early and mid-season orange production for the fiscal quarter that ended Dec. 31, 2023. It blamed the reduction on the ongoing effects of 2022’s Hurricane Ian. Although the early and mid-season crops were lower than anticipated, Alico still harvested more boxes, produced more pound solids and received higher prices …

Identifying California’s Numerous Fruit Flies

Daniel Cooper California Corner, Pests

Sandipa Gautam, University of California area citrus integrated pest management advisor, recently wrote that California is experiencing an unusually high number of invasive fruit flies in the 2023–24 season. She noted that several areas in California are now under fruit fly quarantines. Excerpts from her article follow: Several species of invasive fruit flies that belong to the family Tephritidae are …

brazil

Brazil Citrus Season Nears End

Daniel Cooper Brazil, Crop Forecast

The Feb. 9 forecast for the 2023–24 orange crop in the São Paulo and West-Southwest of Minas Gerais citrus belt of Brazil is unchanged from December 2023 at 307.22 million boxes of 40.8 kilograms each. This represents a reduction of 0.7% when compared to the initial forecast for the season. Of the total estimated production, approximately 27.76 million boxes are …

pollinator

Grant to Enhance Pollinator Habitat in Groves

Daniel Cooper California Corner, soil

The California Farm Bureau and its partners have received $5 million from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to implement climate-smart farming practices in citrus groves in 11 counties. The project, part of CDFA’s Healthy Soils Block Grant Pilot Program, will focus on hedgerow planting, carbon sequestration and soil management practices. All of those practices create a safe …

Israeli

Production of Israeli Citrus to Decline

Daniel Cooper Crop Forecast, International

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS) reported that production of all Israeli citrus varieties is forecast to decline in 2023–24 compared to the previous season. Israel’s planted citrus area is forecast to be 16,200 hectares, the same as the prior year. USDA FAS reported that low profitability and water shortages have disincentivized farmers from planting new …

trunk-injection

Fall Tree Health After Initial Trunk-Injection Treatments

Daniel Cooper HLB Management

By Frank Giles and Maegan Beatty As growers deployed their first application of oxytetracycline (OTC) via trunk-injection this summer, expectations were high but tempered by the fact the therapy is not expected to turn the massive HLB ship around in just one season. By this fall, after the seasonal cooldown, growers were still reporting generally positive signs from the treatments. …

citrus crop forecast

Citrus Crop Forecast Has One Change

Daniel Cooper Crop Forecast

The only change in the Feb. 8 citrus crop forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA NASS) was a 700,000-box reduction in Florida non-Valencia oranges compared to the January forecast. That reduced the expected 2023–24 Florida non-Valencia crop to 6.8 million boxes and the total Florida orange crop to 19.8 million boxes. The percentage reductions …

orange juice

A Large Leap in Turkish Orange and Orange Juice Production

Daniel Cooper Crop Forecast, International

Fresh orange and orange juice production in Turkey are both forecast to increase by considerable amounts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS) reported. FRESH ORANGES Fresh orange production in Turkey in 2023–24 is forecast to increase 31% to 1.73 million metric tons (MMT). The expected increase is due to favorable weather conditions in spring 2023. The …

international

International Event to Focus on Flavor

Daniel Cooper Events, International

Food and beverage industry representatives from across the world will gather in Orlando March 4–6 to learn the research behind unique tastes and aromas during the third International Flavor Summit. The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista.  Scientists from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) …

global

Global Orange and OJ Production to Increase

Daniel Cooper Crop Forecast, International

Global orange and orange juice production are both forecast to increase slightly in 2023–24 from the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS). ORANGES Global orange production for 2023–24 is forecast up slightly to 48.8 million tons compared to the prior year. Here’s the country-by-country forecast from USDA FAS: U.S. production is forecast …

assessment

Proposal to Increase Florida Fresh Citrus Assessment

Daniel Cooper Florida, Fresh, Regulation

The federal marketing order assessment rate for fresh Florida oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and pummelos would increase under a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The proposed rule would increase the assessment rate for the 2023–24 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal periods from $0.015 to $0.02 per 4/5-bushel carton or equivalent for Florida citrus handled under …

South African

South African Grapefruit Production

Daniel Cooper Crop Forecast, Grapefruit, International

Grapefruit is an unpopular citrus fruit in the South African domestic market, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS) reported recently. Consequently, only 5,000 metric tons (MT) of an expected 400,000 MT grapefruit crop in 2023–24 is forecast to be consumed in the country. The majority of South Africa’s grapefruit is expected to be exported. The production …

rootstock

New Results From Owari Rootstock Trial

Daniel Cooper Georgia, Rootstocks

By Jake Price Rubidoux is considered the standard rootstock for Georgia, but it was not obtainable from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-certified nurseries in Florida in 2014 and 2015 because it is not a rootstock used in Florida. It is a proven rootstock in Georgia known for cold hardiness but did not perform well in a multiyear trial. The chart shows …