Citrus Production Soars



WASHINGTON - Oct 11/18 - SNS -- Citrus fruit productcion in the United States is expected to jump sharply this year, led by a forecast 43% increase in the size of the orange crop to 5.62 million tons, according to the latest USDA crop production estimates.

The United States 2018-2019 grapefruit crop is forecast at 689,000 tons, up 33% from last season's final utilization. In Texas, expected production, at 6.20 million boxes (248,000 tons), is up 29% from last year.

The forecast for the 2018-2019 United States lemon crop is 856,000 tons, down 4% from last season's final utilization. The California production forecast, at 20.0 million boxes (800,000 tons), is down 6% from the 2017-2018 season.

The United States tangerine and mandarin crop is forecast at 977,000 tons, up 22% from last season's final utilization. The California tangerine and mandarin forecast, at 23.0 million boxes (920,000 tons), is up 20% from the previous year. The Florida tangerine and mandarin forecast is up 60% from last year.