End-of-season Florida citrus forecast inches up

07/11/2014 11:57:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

click image to zoomfruit dropVicky BoydThe average fruit drop in Florida's valencia groves this season was 31 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture citrus forecast.The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued its last Florida citrus crop estimate of the 2013-14 season, and the good news is the crop didn't decrease.

In fact, the estimate shows the valencia crop increased by 100 90-pound boxes to 51.1 million boxes, according to the estimate.

The non-valencia crop remained the same at 53.3 million boxes, bringing the total orange crop this season to 104.4 million boxes.

That compares to 133.6 million boxes in 2012-13 and 146.7 million boxes in 2011-12.

The grapefruit estimate estimate increased slightly to 15.65 million 85-pound boxes from the previous month's 15.6 million boxes.

Tangelos remained unchanged at 880,000 90-pound boxes as did the tangerine estimate of 2.95 million 95-pound boxes.

For the season, the USDA pegged valencia fruit drop averaged 31 percent, compared with 22 percent during 2012-13 and 19 percent in 2011-12.

Early-mid orange fruit drop this season was 23 percent, compared with 18 percent in 2012-13 and 13 percent in 2011-12.

Grapefruit also experienced increased fruit drop, with 29 percent in the white varieties and 25 percent in the colored types this season.

That compares with 22 percent and 21 percent, respectively, during 2012-13.

The USDA will issue its initial forecast for the 2014-15 season in October.

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