USDAThe latest USDA forecast for Florida citrus production shows slight gains for some citrus compared to the previous month but big declines from the last season.Despite slight production gains from the previous month, the Sunshine State finished its latest season producing fewer volumes of oranges, grapefruit and tangerines.
In its July 11 forecast, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports Florida’s valencias and all its oranges as well as colored and white grapefruit increased by less than 1% from the June report.
The final season report, however, shows big drops from previous years.
Florida groves packed 104 million equivalent cartons of oranges, 15.7 million cartons of grapefruit and 3.8 million cartons of tangerines.
Compared to the 2012-13 season, overall orange production is down 22%, 14% for grapefruit and 12% for tangerines, according to the USDA.
Overall, the state produced 123.9 cartons of citrus, down from the 156.2 million it packed the previous year.
In the report, the early, midseasons and navel oranges as well as tangerines were unchanged from the June report.