This month, USDA lowered its 2020/21 early-midseason orange production forecast to 20.0 million 90-lb boxes for Florida, down 2.0 million boxes from the December estimate and down 3.0 million boxes from the November estimate. Florida’s Valencia orange production estimate remains at 34.0 million boxes, so total Florida orange production for 2020/21 is now pegged at 54.0 million 90-lb boxes.
California Valencia orange production in 2020/21 was raised half a million boxes to 9.0 million 80-lb boxes, bringing total 2020/21 California orange production to 51.0 million boxes. Estimated Texas total orange production remains at 1.5 million 85-pound boxes, up nearly 12 percent YOY.
With these changes, overall U.S. orange production is estimated down nearly 13 percent in 2020/21 at 106.5 million boxes.