Smaller U.S. Citrus Harvest



WASHINGTON - Jun 11/20 - SNS -- Citrus fruit production in the United States is down from last year, with declines reported in all major categories, according to the USDA's latest production estimates.

The United States all orange forecast for the 2019-2020 season is 5.08 million tons, down 2% from the previous forecast and down 6% from the 2018-2019 final utilization.

The United States 2019-2020 grapefruit crop is forecast at 612,000 tons, down slightly from the previous forecast but up 2% from last season's final utilization. In Florida, expected production, at 4.89 million boxes (208,000 tons), is down slightly from the previous forecast but up 8% from last year. California and Texas grapefruit production forecasts were carried forward from the previous forecast.

The United States tangerine and mandarin crop is forecast at 968,000 tons, unchanged from the previous forecast but down 13% from last season's final utilization. The Florida tangerine and mandarin forecast, at 1.02 million boxes (48,000 tons), is unchanged from the previous forecast but up 3% from last year's total boxes. The California tangerine and mandarin forecast was carried forward from the previous forecast.

Utilized Production of Citrus Fruits by Crop - States and United States: 2018-2019 and
Forecasted June 1, 2020
[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       :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
                            :    2018-2019    :    2019-2020    :    2018-2019    :    2019-2020
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                            :     ------ 1,000 boxes ------            ------ 1,000 tons -----
Oranges                     :
California, all 2/ .........:      51,400            48,500            2,056             1,940
 Early, mid, and Navel 3/ ..:      42,000            40,000            1,680             1,600
 Valencia ..................:       9,400             8,500              376               340
                            :
Florida, all ...............:      71,850            67,650            3,233             3,044
 Early, mid, and Navel 3/ ..:      30,400            29,650            1,368             1,334
 Valencia ..................:      41,450            38,000            1,865             1,710
                            :
Texas, all 2/ ..............:       2,500             2,300              106                98
 Early, mid, and Navel 3/ ..:       2,210             1,800               94                77
 Valencia ..................:         290               500               12                21
                            :
United States, all .........:     125,750           118,450            5,395             5,082
 Early, mid, and Navel 3/ ..:      74,610            71,450            3,142             3,011
 Valencia ..................:      51,140            47,000            2,253             2,071
                            :
Grapefruit                  :
California 2/ ..............:       4,100             4,300              164               172
Florida, all ...............:       4,510             4,890              192               208
 Red .......................:       3,740             4,100              159               174
 White .....................:         770               790               33                34
Texas 2/ ...................:       6,100             5,800              244               232
                            :
United States ..............:      14,710            14,990              600               612
                            :
Tangerines and mandarins 4/ :
California 2/ ..............:      26,500            23,000            1,060               920
Florida ....................:         990             1,020               47                48
                            :
United States ..............:      27,490            24,020            1,107               968
                            :
Lemons 2/                   :
Arizona ....................:       1,350             1,900               54                76
California .................:      23,700            21,000              948               840
                            :
United States ..............:      25,050            22,900            1,002               916
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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.