The frequent rainfall this spring has taken its toll on the citrus production in the Spanish Region of Valencia. After the forecast that the harvest could reach record figures in the 2020-2021 campaign (given the exuberant flowering registered this season), the impact of the rains will not only prevent the initial prospects to be met; some varieties register decreases in their production.
By mid-April, it became clear already that there were a lot of rotten flowers due to excess moisture. It was still hoped that with so much orange blossom around, the impact would not be that great, but reality has exceeded all expectations. Many fields that were practically white from the flowers have ended up almost empty of fruit.
It is still early to offer actual figures, but sources from the sector claim that in the next campaign there will be fewer early and late mandarins, a little more Navelina (6-7%), more Clemenules (7-8%), slightly fewer Lane Late oranges and a remarkable reduction in the volume of late oranges.