Results of the first orange and grapefruit maturity tests for the 2020-2021 season, using only regular bloom fruit, have been listed in a recent USDA citrus maturity report.
Over 80 percent of the grapefruit sample groves are located in the Indian River District, while over 90 percent of the orange sample groves are in the other four production areas. Sample groves and trees remain relatively constant from season to season.
Fruit was picked from trees throughout the five production areas of the citrus growing region on August 25-26, 2020. Each sample was weighed, juiced, and tested by the Florida Agricultural Statistics Service (FASS) on August 27-28, 2020.
Compared to the other areas, fruit sampled from the Indian River District had higher solids to acid ratios for early oranges and white grapefruit, but lower for red grapefruit. The unfinished juice per box and solids per box in fruit from the Indian River District was lower on all varieties.