The USDA has released their June citrus forecast for Florida. The Florida all orange production is down 3% from May. Broken down, the Florida Valencia orange production is down 5%, while the Florida non-Valencia orange production remains unchanged. All grapefruit production is down slightly, and all Florida tangerine and tangelo forecasts remain unchanged.
All oranges: 67.7 million boxes
The 2019-2020 Florida all orange forecast released by the USDA Agricultural Statistics Board is 67.7 million boxes, down 3 percent from the May forecast. The total includes 29.7 million boxes of the non-Valencia oranges (early, midseason, and Navel varieties) and 38.0 million boxes of Valencia oranges.
Non-Valencia oranges: 29.7 million boxes
The forecast of non-Valencia orange production is 29.7 million boxes. The Navel forecast, included in the non-Valencia portion of the forecast, is 800,000 boxes, 3 percent of the non-Valencia total.
Valencia oranges: 38.0 million boxes
The forecast of Valencia orange production is lowered 2.0 million boxes to 38.0 million boxes. The Row Count survey conducted June 1-2, 2020 showed Valencia harvest is relatively complete. Estimated utilization to June 1, including an allocation for other use, is 37.3 million boxes.
All grapefruit: 4.89 million boxes
The forecast of all grapefruit production is 4.89 million boxes. The white grapefruit forecast is reduced 10,000 boxes to 790,000 boxes. The red grapefruit forecast is unchanged at 4.10 million boxes. Estimated utilization to June 1, with an allocation for non-certified use, of white grapefruit is 790,000 boxes and of red grapefruit is 4.06 million boxes. The Row Count survey conducted June 1-2, 2020, indicated harvest is relatively complete for these varieties.
Tangerines and tangelos: 1.02 million boxes
The forecast for tangerines and tangelos is final at 1.02 million boxes. This production level is 3 percent more than last season’s final production of 990,000 boxes. This forecast number includes all certified tangerine and tangelo varieties.
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