Results of the annual Commercial Citrus Inventory show total citrus acreage is 407,348 acres, down 3 percent from the last survey and
the lowest in a series which began in 1966. The net loss of 12,104 acres is 955 acres more than what was lost last season. New plantings at 10,448 acres are up from the previous season. All citrus trees, at 59.7 million, are down 1 percent from the previous
Of the 25 published counties included in the survey, 24 recorded decreases in acreage while 1 county showed an increase. Indian
River county lost the most acreage, down 1,681 acres from last year. For the third consecutive season, Desoto County records the most
citrus acres at 66,638 acres.
Orange acreage is now at 372,354 acres, down 3 percent from the previous season. The Western area continues to come in with the
most orange acreage at 121,395. The Central area has the second most with 119,231 acres. The Southern area now has 113,368 acres.
The remaining two areas, the Northern area and Indian River area, combined have 18,360 orange acres. Valencia acreage accounts for
60 percent of the total orange acreage, non-Valencia acreage represents 39 percent, and the remaining orange acreage is unidentified.
Grapefruit acreage is now at 19,908 acres, down 11 percent from last season. White grapefruit (including seedy) is 15 percent of the
total with 2,900 acres, while red grapefruit is 85 percent of the total with 16,919 acres. The Indian River District has 69 percent of the
total grapefruit acreage.
Specialty fruit acreage, at 15,086 acres, is up 3 percent from last season. Tangerines and tangelos account for 63 percent of the
specialty fruit. The remaining acreage includes true lemons and other citrus acreage, with a total of 5,537 acres, or 37 percent.
All citrus value down 17 percent, production down 21 percent
The $579 million preliminary on-tree value of the 2020-2021 citrus crop is 17 percent less than the $696 million revised value for
Florida’s all citrus production in 2020-2021 is 57.8 million boxes, down 21 percent from the previous season’s 73.3 million boxes. All orange production decreased by 22 percent to 52.8 million boxes. Non-Valencia production at 22.7 million boxes is down 23 percent from the 2019-2020 season. Valencia orange production at 30.1 million boxes is down 20 percent. All grapefruit production decreased 15 percent to 4.10 million boxes. Tangerine and tangelo production in 2020-2021 is down 13 percent from the previous season.
The USDA also issued a revised paper of a page, originally part of the July 2021 release. Revisions to the 2020-2021 bearing trees have led to the recalculation of yield components. Original numbers have been struck out with the revised figures placed to the left where applicable.