Currently, citrus is grown throughout 41 counties in the state of Georgia, CitrusIndustry reports. According to Jake Price, Lowndes County UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator, the number of citrus trees in Georgia has nearly doubled each year. This spring there are over 265,000 citrus trees across the state, which is a substantial increase from the state’s 4,000 trees in 2013.
According to Price, it wasn’t until 2018 that growers began putting in large acreage for citrus production.
“Initially, growers were small landowners and non-traditional farmers that wanted a little something on the side, maybe to sell to the school systems. But, in 2018, a lot of the bigger farmers saw that things were working out pretty well,” Price says.