Florida all grapefruit production up 7 percent

US orange production unchanged from October forecast

The United States all orange forecast for the 2019-2020 season is 5.33 million tons, unchanged from the previous forecast and virtually unchanged from the 2018-2019 final utilization.

The Florida all orange forecast, at 74.0 million boxes (3.33 million tons), is unchanged from the previous forecast but up 3 percent from last season’s final utilization. Early, mid-season, and Navel varieties in Florida are forecast at 32.0 million boxes (1.44 million tons), unchanged from the previous forecast but up 5 percent from last season’s final utilization. The Florida Valencia orange forecast, at 42.0 million boxes (1.89 million tons), is unchanged from the previous forecast but up 2 percent from last season’s final utilization. California and Texas orange production forecasts were carried forward from the previous forecast.

Florida citrus forecast - december 2019

Florida all grapefruit 4.90 million boxes
The forecast of all grapefruit production is up 7 percent from the October forecast and is now 4.90 million boxes. If realized, this forecast will be 9 percent more than last season’s final production. The red grapefruit forecast is 4.10 million boxes. Fruit size of red grapefruit at harvest is projected to be slightly above average and droppage is projected to be above average. The white grapefruit forecast is 800,000 boxes. Projected fruit size of white grapefruit at harvest is above average; projected droppage is above average.

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