No change in estimated Florida orange crop

In last Friday’s citrus production report, USDA left projected 2019/20 orange production unchanged for Florida, at 74.0 million 90-lb boxes (32.0 million boxes of early and midseason varieties and 42.0 million boxes of Valencias). Fruit is generally sizing larger than last season. The November [...]

Mexico continues to be great trade partner for U.S.

U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico grew over 32 percent from 2009 to 2018, per USDA. In 2018, Mexico was the top export destination for U.S. corn, dairy, poultry meat and eggs, sugar and sweeteners, distillers dried grains, and more. Additionally, the country is in [...]

Raisin production is falling despite last year’s gain

California raisin production increased 17 percent (in terms of handled volume) in 2018 from 2017’s small volume but was down 7-10 percent from more usual volumes of the past ten years. Natural seedless raisins, which account for most of the state’s raisin supply, totaled [...]

AJC stocks rose in August despite import slowdown

The U.S. imported just 21.6 million single-strength-equivalent gallons of apple juice in August, an extremely low volume for the month. The five-year average for August is 41.5 million SSE gallons. Imports in August 2018, at 49.3 million SSE gallons, were higher than average due [...]

Favorable perception of fresh fruit lifts its availability

One indicator of fresh fruit demand in the U.S. is overall fruit availability. Aside from bananas, melons, apples, and oranges, overall availability of fruit in the U.S. has increased by 25 percent between 2007 and 2017. Today, pineapples, grapes, strawberries, and avocados (technically a [...]

Dispatches from the fight against citrus greening

APHIS expands quarantine areas: In August, USDA’s APHIS announced the expansion of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) quarantines in California, Texas, and Louisiana. On Sep. 18, APHIS announced a psyllid quarantine area in Nevada’s Clark County. The map below shows Asian citrus psyllid and [...]

July’s AJC imports lowest since 2011

The U.S. imported just 20.2 million single-strength-equivalent (SSE) gallons of apple juice in July, a notably small volume for the last month of the marketing year and the lowest for any month since 13.1 million SSE gallon in November 2011. Despite the drop in [...]

2019/20 first citrus maturity tests

Today USDA published results of the first maturity tests for Florida’s 2019/20 early and midseason oranges and for grapefruit. Results were based on samples taken Aug. 26-27 and processed in USDA labs on Aug. 28-29. For early and midseason oranges tested, the average 2019/20 [...]