UPDATED: USDA predicts higher citrus production

10/08/2010 10:08:57 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Also, with a possible delay of California’s season, Swords said Florida navels may find an opportunity.

“That little later crop will allow us to get more of a window and have more promotions in place for October,” he said. “We will have a good window and hope to be able to go into November with good promotional support.”

Swords said the early season should be favorable for retail promotions of 4- and 5-pound bags.

Lemon growers are also planning a 1-million-box increase in volume from California and Arizona.

For overall U.S. citrus, the USDA estimates 276 million equivalent boxes will be packed, up 6.5% from last year’s 258 million boxes and close to the deal’s 274 million box five-year production average.


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