Steger picked 62 million boxes as the midpoint of her forecast, which could go as low as 59 million boxes or up to 65 million boxes, she said in the release. During the same period, single-strength OJ imports declined by 40%, the statistics show. Despite the challenges that Florida’s citrus growers have faced as a result of citrus greening (Huanglongbing disease), I continue to be encouraged by the resiliency of this industry, its producers, and their commitment to new plantings, research, and innovation,” said Fried on Friday. The southern portion of Florida is the most active orange-growing area, with orchards extending from the Atlantic to the Gulf coast counties.December to March is considered mid-season in the Florida citrus harvest, with varieties such as 'Sunstar' and 'Gardner' ready to pick. Florida grapefruits peak in February, while tangerines are in season from October to March. Although modest, the 1% increase over the season would reverse a nearly 20-year continuous decline in domestic retail orange juice sales. Ideally citrus trees will have a single flower bloom in the spring, from which the new fruit crop will develop. Florida grapefruits peak in February, while tangerines are in season from October to March. Infected trees produce fewer fruit with smaller sizes, which results in more fruit required to fill a standard box. “While the first forecast of the season serves as a starting point, we recognize that it does not necessarily indicate where we will end up. “When Americans think of wellness and health, their thoughts turn to Florida orange juice and fresh citrus, especially during these unprecedented times. The Orange Shop's groves have been producing fruit since the Civil War. Most people will end up finding more California oranges in their stores than Florida. Since its arrival in Florida in 2005, the state’s orange crop has declined by 72%. We are optimistic about the conditions of groves, preparations for the coming season’s crop and continued efforts to combat greening. “It certainly will have an impact on production.”. Farm prices dropped so precipitously last season because high orange juice inventories held by Florida processors combined with high juice imports and declining OJ sales at U.S. retail outlets created a perfect disincentive to buy last season’s oranges. Kevin Bouffard can be reached at or at 863-802-7591. Your California Privacy Rights / Privacy Policy. All rights reserved. “I don’t think that number is a shock to the industry,” said Marty McKenna, a Lake Wales grower and member of the Florida Citrus Commission. “Florida citrus growers are finding success through innovative mitigation efforts to fight citrus greening in their groves. Available from November to May. Meanwhile retail OJ sales in the U.S. through April 11, the most recent data available, have risen 1%, led by a 2% increase in single-strength OJ sales, the Citrus Department reported. “Florida oranges have a thinner peel and more juice per fruit because of Florida’s sub-tropical climate,” he explains. She also noted the Florida citrus industry has not yet come up with effective measures against greening. You may notice three things about the list below. Juice processors, who buy 95% of the annual Florida orange crop, pay growers based on pound solids, a standard measure of the amount of juice with a certain sugar content squeezed from the fruit. The number of bearing orange trees in Florida has declined 0.5% overall with early-mid trees down 2.7% and Valencia trees up 1%. Find out which Florida crops are in season now. In Florida, early,  midseason, and Navel varieties are forecast at 23.0 million boxes (1.04 million tons), down 22 percent from last season’s final utilization. Most oranges in Florida are grown in the southern two-thirds of the state where freezes are rare. The forecast includes 27 million boxes of early and mid-season oranges, harvested from October to March, down 9% from 29.65 million boxes last season. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried weighed in on the expected decline in orange production. The sweet and bitter aroma of citrus flowers and abundant crops of oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, and tangerines are available during the winter season. In its first look at the 2020-2021 citrus forecast, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released at the end of last week, Florida orange production is continuing to decline. View COVID-19 Information. But weather conditions can produce multiple spring blooms, which decreases fruit production. You can also try orange blossom honey, candies, ice cream, and you can find a huge variety of Florida souvenirs with a citrus theme. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Orange shipping season is November through April. Navel Oranges. “I don’t know if that’s enough of a decrease to put significant pressure on prices,” he said. LAKELAND — To Florida citrus growers who’ve expressed optimism the state had turned the corner against the fatal bacterial disease citrus greening, consultant Elizabeth Steger had some discouraging words. Just a single season of reduced caretaking will have long-term consequences, affecting fruit production in the 2020-21 season and beyond. We provide you with the latest news and from all around the state. First, many of the seasons are the opposite of what they are in more northern states since the summers get too hot for many crops. Inventories of single-strength, chilled OJ fell 9.3% through May 30 compared to a year earlier, according to Citrus Department statistics. “I think the market for Florida oranges definitely will return to normal with Steger’s lower crop estimate, lower OJ inventories and increased retail demand for OJ,” Sparks said. “No doubt when you look at the entire crop, you have to look at the age of the trees,” Sparks said. … The average Valencia price plummeted 50% to $1.22 per pound solids from $2.43 the previous season. Florida oranges and ruby red grapefruit from The Orange Shop. A newly planted citrus tree takes 3 to 5 years to produce a harvestable fruit crop. The Daytona Beach-based consultant predicted Florida orange growers will produce 62 million boxes in the new harvest season, which begins in October and runs to June. “The trend line in tree productivity is down,” Steger said. One reason for an expected crop reduction was that last season’s low farm prices – below the break-even point for many growers – forced those growers to cut back on fertilizer, pesticide sprays and other grove caretaking expenses, he said. “The other factor is the multi-bloom that can affect the final fruit size. Greening also has increased rates of pre-harvest fruit drop from the trees. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. Tom Spreen, a retired UF agricultural economist and authority on citrus economics, doubted Steger’s impact alone will have an immediate impact on the market. © COPYRIGHT © FLORIDA DAILY | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Both prices fell significantly below the average cost of production around $1.80 per pound solids, according to a University of Florida study. The varieties that each state offers is quite different. That pushed the single-strength OJ supply down to 35 weeks based on current sales, down from 42 weeks a year ago. The average farm price for early-mid oranges cratered last season to 97 cents per pound solids on the cash market, down 56% from the $2.20 average in 2018-19, according to a July report from the Florida Department of Citrus. All Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offices are currently closed to the public until further notice. Find hotels and airbnbs near. Florida’s aging population of orange trees also plays a role in declining fruit production, said Mike Sparks, the chief executive of Florida Citrus Mutual in Bartow, the growers’ trade group. Most of the citrus fruits are grown in the southern part of the Florida peninsula, where the probability of a freeze is the lowest. “It is imperative that the government creates incentives for growers to do massive new plantings in exchange for the old weak trees. Florida is famous for its beautiful citrus groves and delicious fruits. While the 2017-2018 season was a disaster due to hurricanes, Huanglongbing (HLB), more commonly known as citrus greening, which is spread by an insect called the Asian citrus psyllid, has harmed citrus trees across the Sunshine State.

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