Grapefruit is a steady performer. Thirty-one percent of shoppers reported that they were likely to make a grapefruit purchase – the same number as last year.
Heavy rains in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley have been good for citrus size and drought relief, but they could add to pest pressures.
Seald Sweet International used South African citrus promotions to help raise money for wounded military members and their families.
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences has promoted citrus scientist Jackie Burns as dean of research.
U.S. potato and citrus production fell in the 2013-14 season, but the values of both crops increased, according to new season-ending reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Reeling from a near decade-long affliction, Florida citrus growers can now apply for financial assistance to remove trees hit by citrus greening and replant their diseased groves.More Packer Stories for Grapefruit
Market Scope - Grapefruit — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 22
FLORIDA — Shipments (0-0-4, includes export 0-0-1) — Prices not reported. FIRST REPORT.
SOUTH AND CENTRAL DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments light — Movement expected to decrease slightly. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Unofficial prices 7/10-bushel cartons summer marsh ruby and star ruby shippers first grade 23s $10.80-11.90, 27s mostly $12.80-13.90, 32s mostly $13.80-17.90, 36s mostly $14.80-17.90, 40-48s mostly $13.90-17.90, 56s $12.80-15.90; shippers choice 23-27s mostly $8.80-8.90, 32s mostly $11.40-14.90, 36-40s mostly $12.80-14.90, 48s mostly $11.80-14.90, 56s mostly $10.80-13.90. Prices from trade sources. No f.o.b. report issued as of Sept. 22.
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS — Harvest was expected to begin the week of Sept. 29 and is expected to be light until the week of Oct. 6 when additional shippers begin. The first f.o.b. report is expected to be issued the week of Oct. 13 when all shippers expect to be underway. Quality expected to be generally good. FIRST REPORT.