Florida orange growers cross their fingers for 2018/19
Growing conditions in Florida’s citrus belt have been generally beneficial so far for the new crop. Some areas have been drier than others, but growers are irrigating as necessary to support their trees. Citrus Consulting is forecasting production at around 77.0 million 90-lb boxes, slightly higher than CC’s August projection for the 2017/18 crop due to expected larger fruit sizing. A Bloomberg survey of industry analysts puts 2018/19 production at around 70.0 million boxes. Florida growers report being pleased with crop development so far but are quick to point out that hurricane season is far from over. Last year, Hurricane Irma devasted the citrus belt in September.
Florida orange production estimates compared
Source: Citrus Consulting, USDA
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