Stable Orange Production Forecasted by USDA

Welcome to the latest citrus update from Florida, where the U.S. Department of Agriculture has forecasted some interesting numbers for the upcoming season. Let’s dive into the details!

Stable Orange Production Forecasted

The USDA predicts a stable orange production of 19.8 million boxes for Florida, showing a significant 25% increase from the previous season. This is great news for the citrus industry in the state.

Decreases in Grapefruit and Tangerine/Tangelo Outputs

While orange production remains steady, grapefruit and tangerine/tangelo outputs are expected to decrease. Grapefruit production is down by 8% to 2.20 million boxes, while tangerine and tangelo production will see a 9% decrease to 500,000 boxes.

Challenges and Support for Citrus Growers

Factors such as weather conditions, disease, and market demands have impacted grapefruit and tangerine/tangelo production. However, efforts are being made to support citrus growers, including legislation like the “Block Grant Assistance Act” aimed at providing disaster relief funding.

It’s clear that the citrus industry in Florida is facing challenges, but with support from various initiatives and ongoing research to combat diseases like citrus greening, there is hope for a brighter future.

For more information on Florida’s citrus industry forecast, you can visit the official website.

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