Mark Hudson of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agriculture Statistics Service in Washington, D.C., issued the June citrus crop forecast. The 2015-2016 Florida all-orange forecast released is raised to 81.4 million boxes. The total includes 36.1 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges (early, mid-season, Navel and Temple varieties) and 45.3 million boxes of Valencia oranges. For the previous nine seasons, the June all-orange forecast has deviated from final production by an average of 1 percent with seven seasons below and two above, and differences ranging from 2 percent below to less than 1 percent above.
The all-tangerine forecast is raised 10,000 boxes to 1.43 million boxes, including an allocation for non-certified use. The total consists of the early varieties (Fallglo and Sunburst) unchanged at 800,000 boxes and the Honey variety, now at 630,000 boxes. The forecast of tangelo production remains unchanged at 390,000 boxes, including an allocation for non-certified use. Harvest of specialty fruit is over for the season.
All states forecast:
June USDA Citrus Maturity Test Results and Fruit Size form (.pdf)
The final citrus crop forecast of the 2015-16 season will be issued on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. You will be able to listen to the forecast here on SoutheastAgNet.com.
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