Drop in orange production lifts FCOJ market

USDA today lowered projected Florida orange production by 2.0 million 90-lb boxes: Early-midseason oranges were lowered by 1.0 million boxes to 31.0 million, and Valencias were lowered by 1.0 million boxes to 41.0 million. This season’s oranges are experiencing higher drop rates than last [...]

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 [...]

Pongamia may be good oilseed crop for Florida

California-based TerViva has patented high-yielding pongamia trees that can yield up to ten times more oil and three times more protein per acre compared to soybeans (according to the TerViva research). Also, these trees require little to moderate amounts of water, fertilizer, pesticides, and [...]

Florida Valencias lowered to 41.0 million boxes

With Florida’s 2018/19 orange harvest nearly complete, USDA lowered Valencia production by 1.0 million 90-lb boxes from the May estimate. All other orange production numbers—Florida early/mids, California, and Texas—were left unchanged. Florida’s orange production has closed the season down about 10 percent from USDA’s [...]

Florida orange production still at 77 million boxes

USDA held Florida orange production at 77.0 million 90-lb boxes in today’s production report: 32.0 million boxes of early-midseason oranges and 45.0 million boxes of Valencias. A couple forecast components shifted a bit but not enough to change box count. The drop rate for [...]

Strong U.S. cane crops still possible despite challenging weather

Even after the end of Hawaii cane cultivation and some adverse weather in recent months, U.S. cane sugar output could still hit USDA’s forecast of 4.04 million STRV, a 19-year high. Despite poor rains, Florida could reach a two- or three-year high on high [...]

December brings more Florida OJ

Florida orange juice production is ramping up as growers begin to send fruit to the processors. Eight processors were open as of Dec. 3 and are starting to crush field-run fruit; previously, processors had been running eliminations from fresh-market packinghouses. Although processors are reporting [...]