The Florida Dept of Agriculture and Consumer Services has released its Florida Citrus Statistics 2019-2020 report.
United States citrus utilized production for the 2019-2020 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.
Florida’s share of U.S. citrus production in 2019-2020 is 73.2 million boxes, down 5 percent from the previous season’s 77.4 million boxes. All orange production decreased by 6 percent to 67.3 million boxes Florida's orange production, at 67.3 million boxes, is down 6 percent from the previous season.
in Florida, at 4.85 million boxes, is up 8 percent from last season's utilization. Tangerine and tangelo production in 2019-2020 is up 3 percent from the previous season.
Area and county production
The top 5 citrus producing counties were Polk (11.7 million boxes), DeSoto (11.5 million boxes), Highlands (10.3 million boxes), Hendry (9.83 million boxes) and Hardee (7.60 million boxes). Together they account for 70 percent of the state’s total citrus production. The Central area had the most citrus, followed by the Western and Southern areas. Oranges constituted 92 percent of the citrus production, grapefruit accounted for 7 percent, and tangerines and tangelos represented 1 percent.
Estimates of county production are prepared from objective survey data used in forecasting citrus crop production. The apportionment of final harvest to the counties is based on bearing trees, an estimate of the average fruit per tree, and the drop and size surveys. Sample size used in these surveys and the distribution of the sample groves around the state are chosen to minimize error in the estimates of production and are not to be considered as precise for the counties as at the state or area levels.
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