Report: Florida valencia, tangerine production falls - The Packer

Report: Florida valencia, tangerine production falls

04/09/2014 03:08:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

The latest survey shows the Sunshine State producing fewer oranges, tangerines and tangelos.

On April 9, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported the state’s total orange production declined 4% from the previous month but dropped 18% compared to last year’s production.

This season, Florida is expected to produce 110 million equivalent cartons of oranges, down from the 133.5 million cartons it harvested last year.

Late-season valencia oranges, the only oranges remaining in production, account for all the decline and are expected to produce 57 million equivalent boxes, a 7% decline.

The USDA reports the state’s grapefruit production is unchanged from the March report while the state’s honey tangerines are estimated to be down 300,000 cartons.

Tangelo production declined 20,000 boxes to 880,000 cartons.

Growers have finished harvesting 92% of the state’s colored grapefruit, 82% of its white grapefruit, 75% of tangerines and 18% of valencias, according to the USDA.

While an overwhelming majority of the state’s oranges ship to processed channels, 65% of its navels, 63% of its tangerines and 40% of its grapefruit ship fresh.

About 9% of the state’s 130 million equivalent cartons of citrus ship fresh, according to the USDA.

Last season, growers harvested 156 million cartons.



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