Results of the first orange and grapefruit maturity tests for the 2019-2020 season, using only regular bloom fruit, have been released. Over 80 percent of the grapefruit sample groves are located in the Indian River District, while over 90 percent of the orange sample groves are in the other four production areas.
Sample groves and trees remain relatively constant from season to season. Fruit was picked from trees throughout the five production areas of the citrus growing region on August 26-27, 2019. Each sample was weighed, juiced, and tested by the Florida Agricultural Statistics Service (FASS) on August 28-29, 2019. The next monthly maturity and yield test results will be published in the October 10, 2019 forecast release, and will include late oranges.
Results in the report are averages for the state. The table on page two reports averages for the Indian River District separately from the other areas. Compared to the other areas, fruit sampled from the Indian River District had lower solids to acid ratios for early oranges and white grapefruit, but higher for red grapefruit. The unfinished juice per box and solids per box in fruit from the Indian River District was lower on all varieties.