Florida orange production still seen at 74.0 million boxes
In today’s citrus crop report, USDA carried forward the November estimates for oranges in Florida, Texas, and California. The only change in production numbers was an increase in 2019/20 Florida grapefruit, with red grapefruit now forecast at 4.1 million 85-lb boxes (up 200,000 boxes from November) and white grapefruit estimated at 800,000 boxes (up 100,000 boxes).
Dec. 1 maturity tests show notably higher ratios for both early and midseason oranges: The ratio for earlies was 17.61, compared to 16.47 a year ago and the five-year average of 14.66, while the ration for mids was 15.94 versus 14.50 last year and 14.04 for the five-year. Valencia ratios were testing just slightly higher than a year ago.
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