The season winds down around the end of January because of the short crop resulting from a February freeze.
The minneola deal has been disappointing the past couple of years because mandarin sales are cutting into demand, especially on the back end of the deal in February and March, Spencer said.
“We will have to be more competitive to get more volume on the front end,” he said.
“All the citrus categories are looking at good quality and good size,” said Tom Wollenman, general manager for LoBue Bros. Inc., Lindsay, Calif.
LoBue Bros. plans to start its minneolas as soon as the desert deal is over, probably at the end of January, he said.
They should continue into March, he said.
The firm expects to start picking cara caras, which Wollenman calls the “pink navel,” in December and continue to March.
The company also plans a moro program in January. The moro is a type of blood orange.