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Citrus Fruits 2021 summary - September 2021

US citrus utilized production down 12 percent, value down 3 percent

Citrus utilized production for the 2020-21 season totaled 6.90 million tons, down 12 percent from the 2019-20 season. California accounted for 60 percent of total United States citrus production; Florida totaled 38 percent, and Texas and Arizona produced the remaining 2 percent.

Utilized citrus production in California was down 3 percent from the 2019-20 season. California's all orange production, at 50.1 million boxes, is 7 percent lower than the previous season. Grapefruit production is down 17 percent from the 2019-20 season and tangerine and mandarin production is up 25 percent.

Florida's orange production, at 52.8 million boxes, is down 22 percent from the previous season. Grapefruit utilization in Florida, at 4.10 million boxes, is down 15 percent from last season's utilization. Florida's total citrus utilization was down 21 percent from the previous season. Bearing citrus acreage, at 369,300 acres, is 11,200 acres below the 2019-20 season.

Utilized production of citrus in Texas is down 39 percent from the 2019-20 season. Orange production is down 22 percent from the previous season and grapefruit production is down 45 percent. Arizona’s production of lemon is down 56 percent.

The value of the 2020-21 United States citrus crop was down 3 percent from last season, to 3.31 billion (packinghouse-door equivalent). Orange value of production decreased 7 percent from last season and grapefruit value is up 11 percent.

Tangerine and mandarin value of production is up 2 percent from last season and lemon value of production is down slightly from last season. Overall comparisons discussed above are based on similar fruit types. The revised production and utilization estimates are based on all data available at the end of the marketing season, including information from marketing orders, shipments, and processor records. Allowances are made for recorded local utilization and home use.

Estimates for  the 2020-21 California Valencia oranges and grapefruit are preliminary, since the marketing season is not complete at publication time.

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