According to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report, the specialty fruit sector increased production by 150,000 boxes since its March 10 report.
An increase in harvesting of honey tangerines, which typically run through late April, boosted the specialty segment by 100,000 boxes. The state is now expected to harvest 1.9 equivalent cartons of honey tangerines and 2.6 million equivalent cartons of the early fallglo and sunburst tangerine varieties.
A change in total utilization had the USDA boosting tangelo production from 1.1 million equivalent cartons to 1.15 cartons, a 50,000 carton increase from the March report.
Floridaâs total orange forecast remains at 142 million equivalent cartons with grapefruit holding at 19.6 million cartons.
âTodayâs crop forecast is a reflection of the industryâs year-to-date harvest, as well as what we anticipate seeing through the rest of the season,â Mike Sparks, executive vice president and chief executive officer of Lakeland-based Florida Citrus Mutual, said in an April 8 news release. âWhatâs not reflected in this forecast is any fruit loss that may have occurred during the end-of-March storms that ripped through much of the citrus growing region.â
The next USDA Florida citrus report is scheduled for May 11.