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Florida Citrus to drop one third

December 14,2107

In a December 12 report USDA says the United States all orange forecast for the 2017-2018 season is 3.98 million tons, down 4 percent from last month and down 23 percent from the 2016-2017 final utilization.

The Florida all orange forecast, at 46.0 million boxes (2.07 million tons), is down 8 percent from last month and
down 33 percent from last season’s final utilization.

The latest estimate is about a third of  the crop size we saw cars the US in 1998 (see chart).

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Early, midseason, and Navel varieties in Florida are forecast at 19.0 million boxes (855,000 tons),
down 10 percent from last month and down 42 percent from last season’s final utilization. The Florida Valencia orange forecast, at 27.0 million boxes (1.22 million tons), is down 7 percent from last month and down 24 percent
from last season’s final utilization.

Both citrus greening disease and the recent hurricanes have devastated Florida citrus.

California citrus production this season is also expected to be down from 47 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges in 2015/16 to 39 million boxes in 16/17 to 35 million boxes in 17/18.

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