First citrus forecast starts the season on a positive note

In the first forecast of the 2019-20 season, the National Agriculture Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture projected increases in both the Florida Orange and Grapefruit crops over the previous season.

In an announcement Thursday, the USDA predicted Florida Orange production at 74 million boxes and Florida Grapefruit production at 4.6 million boxes for the 2019-20 season. The numbers are a 3 percent increase for oranges and 2 percent increase for grapefruit over 2018-19.

“This reflects what we’ve been hearing from growers,” said Shannon Shepp, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus. “Florida Citrus is here to stay. We remain the state’s signature crop, and our growers are committed to providing nutritious, great tasting Florida Citrus for years to come.”

According to Ellis Hunt, chairman of the Florida Citrus Commission, Thursday’s forecast is “a positive indicator that the Florida Citrus industry is coming back.”

 

From the Florida Department of Citrus