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USDA Estimate of 2015-2016 Florida Orange Crop Increases

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by tamara

LAKELAND, FL (March 9, 2016) -The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Wednesday said its estimate of the 2015-2016 Florida orange crop increased 3 percent to 71 million.

A 2 million box rise in Valencias to 35 million accounted for the increase. Early and Mid-Season varieties stayed at 36 million boxes.

“We are still in a crisis situation right now in regards to battling the HLB disease although this slight increase is welcome good news,” said Michael W. Sparks, executive VP/CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual. “We still continue to produce a quality crop in the face of adversity and that’s a testament to the resilience of the Florida citrus grower.”

The USDA makes its initial estimate in October of each year and revises it monthly as the crop takes shape until the end of the season in July.

During the 2014-2015 season, Florida produced 96.8 million boxes of oranges. Visit http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Florida/Publications/Citrus/cpfp.htm for the complete USDA estimate.

The USDA’s estimate of the 2015-2016 Florida grapefruit crop also rose slightly to 10.7 million boxes from 10.5 million. Specialty citrus decreased a fraction to 1.8 million boxes. The yield for frozen concentrate orange juice (FCOJ) remained at 1.45 gallons per 90-pound box.

The Florida citrus industry creates a $10.8 billion annual economic impact, employing nearly 62,000 people, and covering about 515,000 acres. Founded in 1948, Florida Citrus Mutual is the state’s largest citrus grower organization. For more information, visit www.flcitrusmutual.com. Follow FCM on Twitter @FLCITRUSMUTUAL.

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