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USDA Citrus Fruits 2020 summary

US citrus utilized production for 2019-20 totaled 7.78 million tons

According to the USDA Citrus Fruits 2020 summary, the US citrus utilized production for the 2019-20 season totaled 7.78 million tons, down 4 percent from the 2018-19 season. California accounted for 54 percent of total United States citrus production; Florida totaled 42 percent, and Texas and Arizona produced the remaining 4 percent.

Utilized citrus production in California was down 2 percent from the 2018-19 season. California's all orange production, at 53.3 million boxes, is 2 percent higher than the previous season. Grapefruit production is down 10 percent from the 2018-19 season and tangerine and mandarin production is down 17 percent. Florida's orange production, at 67.3 million boxes, is down 6 percent from the previous season.

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Grapefruit utilization in Florida, at 4.85 million boxes, is up 8 percent from last season's utilization. Florida's total citrus utilization was down 5 percent from the previous season. Bearing citrus acreage, at 380,500 acres, is 6,600 acres below the 2018-19 season.

Utilized production of citrus in Texas is down 33 percent from the 2018-19 season. Orange production is down 46 percent from the previous season and grapefruit production is down 28 percent. Revisions to the utilized production estimates for all citrus for the 2019-20 season will be published in the April 2021 Crop Production.

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