U.S. Orange Crop Jumps 41%



WASHINGTON - Dec 11/18 - SNS -- The United States all orange forecast for the 2018-2019 season is 5.53 million tons, unchanged from last month but up 41% from the 2017-2018 final utilization, according to the USDA.

The Florida all orange forecast, at 77.0 million boxes (3.47 million tons), is unchanged from last month but up 71% from last season's final utilization.

Early, midseason, and Navel varieties in Florida are forecast at 32.0 million boxes (1.44 million tons), unchanged from last month but up 69% from last season's final utilization.

The Florida Valencia orange forecast, at 45.0 million boxes (2.03 million tons), is unchanged from last month but up 73% from last season's final utilization. California and Texas orange production forecasts were carried forward from the previous month.

Utilized Production of Citrus Fruits by Crop - States and United States: 2017-2018 and
Forecasted December 1, 2018
[The crop year begins with the bloom of the first year shown and ends with the completion of
harvest the following year.]
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                            :   Utilized production boxes 1/    :Utilized production ton equivalent
       Crop and State       :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
                            :    2017-2018    :    2018-2019    :    2017-2018    :    2018-2019
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                            :     ------ 1,000 boxes ------            ------ 1,000 tons -----
Oranges                     :
California, all 2/ .........:     45,400             49,000            1,816             1,960
 Early, mid, and Navel 3/ ..:     35,900             40,000            1,436             1,600
 Valencia ..................:      9,500              9,000              380               360
                            :
Florida, all ...............:     44,950             77,000            2,023             3,465
 Early, mid, and Navel 3/ ..:     18,950             32,000              853             1,440
 Valencia ..................:     26,000             45,000            1,170             2,025
                            :
Texas, all 2/ ..............:      1,880              2,400               80               103
 Early, mid, and Navel 3/ ..:      1,530              1,800               65                77
 Valencia ..................:        350                600               15                26
                            :
United States, all .........:     92,230            128,400            3,919             5,528
 Early, mid, and Navel 3/ ..:     56,380             73,800            2,354             3,117
 Valencia ..................:     35,850             54,600            1,565             2,411
                            :
Grapefruit                  :
California 2/ ..............:      4,000              3,900              160               156
Florida, all ...............:      3,880              6,400              165               272
 Red .......................:      3,180              5,300              135               225
 White .....................:        700              1,100               30                47
Texas 2/ ...................:      4,800              6,200              192               248
                            :
United States ..............:     12,680             16,500              517               676
                            :
Tangerines and mandarins 4/ :
California 2/ ..............:     19,200             23,000              768               920
Florida ....................:        750              1,200               36                57
                            :
United States ..............:     19,950             24,200              804               977
                            :
Lemons 2/                   :
Arizona ....................:      1,000              1,400               40                56
California .................:     21,200             20,000              848               800
                            :
United States ..............:     22,200             21,400              888               856
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1/ Net pounds per box: oranges in California-80, Florida-90, Texas-85; grapefruit in California-80,
   Florida-85, Texas-80; tangerines and mandarins in California-80, Florida-95; lemons-80.
2/ Estimates for current year carried forward from an earlier forecast.
3/ Navel and miscellaneous varieties in California. Early (including Navel) and midseason varieties
   in Florida and Texas.
4/ Includes tangelos and tangors.