Modest Rise in Citrus Output



WASHINGTON - Jul 11/19 - SNS -- Citrus fruit production in the United States will be up over last year, according to the latest USDA production forecast for 2019.

The United States all orange forecast for the 2018-2019 season is 5.33 million tons, up 1% from last month and up 36% from the 2017-2018 final utilization.

The United States 2018-2019 grapefruit crop is forecast at 616,000 tons, up 2% from last month and up 19% from last season's final utilization. In Texas, expected production, at 6.10 million boxes (244,000 tons), is down 3% from last month but up 27% from last year.

The United States tangerine and mandarin crop is forecast at 887,000 tons, down 4% from last month but up 10% from last season's final utilization. The California forecast, at 21.0 million boxes (840,000 tons), is down 5% from last month but up 9% from the previous year.

The July forecast for the 2018-2019 United States lemon crop is 896,000 tons, up 5% from last month and up 1% from last season's final utilization. The California production forecast, at 21.0 million boxes (840,000 tons), is up 5% from last month but down 1% from the 2017-2018 season.


Utilized Production of Citrus Fruits by Crop - States and United States: 2017-2018 and
Forecasted July 1, 2019
[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 ............:     45,400             50,000            1,816             2,000
 Early, mid, and Navel 2/ ..:     35,900             40,000            1,436             1,600
 Valencia ..................:      9,500             10,000              380               400
                            :
Florida, all ...............:     45,050             71,600            2,028             3,222
 Early, mid, and Navel 2/ ..:     18,950             30,400              853             1,368
 Valencia ..................:     26,100             41,200            1,175             1,854
                            :
Texas, all .................:      1,880              2,490               80               106
 Early, mid, and Navel 2/ ..:      1,530              2,200               65                94
 Valencia ..................:        350                290               15                12
                            :
United States, all .........:     92,330            124,090            3,924             5,328
 Early, mid, and Navel 2/ ..:     56,380             72,600            2,354             3,062
 Valencia ..................:     35,950             51,490            1,570             2,266
                            :
Grapefruit                  :
California .................:      4,000              4,500              160               180
Florida, all ...............:      3,880              4,510              165               192
 Red .......................:      3,180              3,740              135               159
 White .....................:        700                770               30                33
Texas ......................:      4,800              6,100              192               244
                            :
United States ..............:     12,680             15,110              517               616
                            :
Tangerines and mandarins 3/ :
California .................:     19,200             21,000              768               840
Florida ....................:        750                990               36                47
                            :
United States ..............:     19,950             21,990              804               887
                            :
Lemons                      :
Arizona ....................:      1,000              1,390               40                56
California .................:     21,200             21,000              848               840
                            :
United States ..............:     22,200             22,390              888               896
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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/ Navel and miscellaneous varieties in California. Early (including Navel) and midseason varieties
   in Florida and Texas.
3/ Includes tangelos and tangors.