The USDA is expecting less production from Texas and California than it was last month. ( File Photo )

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decreased its estimates for California and Texas orange production.

The California orange forecast is 44 million boxes, down 1% from the USDA’s June projection. The Texas orange forecast is 1.88 million boxes, down 11% from June.

The estimate for California valencias has been lowered 5% to 9 million boxes, on par with last season.

The forecast for California navels is steady at 35 million boxes, which is down 11% from the 2016-17 season.

While USDA lowered its estimate for Texas oranges, 1.88 million boxes still represents a 37% gain from last season.

The Florida orange forecast of 44.95 million boxes was unchanged from the previous month, as June was the final update of the year.

In September, Hurricane Irma devastated citrus groves throughout the state. In the 2016-17 season, Florida produced 68.85 million boxes of oranges.

The estimate for early, midseason and navel varieties was 18.95 million boxes, down 43% from the 2016-17 season.

The Florida valencia forecast was 26 million boxes, down 27% from 2016-17.



USDA estimates 2017-18 grapefruit production at 12.86 million boxes, down 7% from last month and down 26% from 2016-17.

Texas production is projected at 4.8 million boxes, 16% lower than the June estimate but on par with last season.

Estimates for Florida and California were 3.88 million boxes and 4 million boxes, respectively. The projections have not changed since June, but the numbers represent a 9% drop from 2016-17 for California and a 50% drop for Florida.


Other citrus

California is expected to produce 20 million boxes of mandarins and tangerines, down 5% from the June estimate and down 16% from the 2016-17 season.

The volume forecast for Florida is unchanged from last month — at 750,000 boxes — but down 54% from last year.

USDA estimates total lemon production at 21.8 million boxes, the same as June but down 2% from 2017-18.