Citrus production from the state of Georgia could flood the market in less than three years. According to Jake Price, University of Georgia Extension coordinator for Lowndes County, there are projected to be more than 59 million pounds of citrus ready for harvest by 2024. That is compared to the 8.4 million pounds, ready for harvest this year.
In short, in three years, an estimated 180 million citrus fruit in Georgia will be available. While Georgia citrus production continues to grow, interested producers need to pause and consider the ramifications of planting more satsuma mandarins (the majority of Georgia citrus).
According to an article on citrusindustry.net¸ growers need to consult buyers and make sure a market is in place to handle more satsumas being planted. An estimated 2,300 of the 2,700 Georgia citrus acres are comprised of satsumas already.
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