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Florida headed for smaller citrus crop

Florida Citrus Commission chairman and Lake Wales citrus grower Ellis Hunt welcomed the fact the forecast came in higher than initial estimates. “I’m looking forward to the day we can see this number start rising again,” Hunt said.

The first season forecasts for Florida Citrus predict 70 million boxes of oranges and 9.6 million boxes of grapefruit.

That means a 14% drop in the state’s orange production and of 11.5% in grapefruit compared to last season.

The forecasts – issued by the National Agriculture Statistics Service of the US Department of Agriculture – were nevertheless welcomed by the Florida Department of Citrus executive director Shannon Shepp who said they represent the dedication and hard work of Florida’s citrus growers.

“In the face of significant challenges, they continue to push forward with new plantings and advanced agricultural techniques that allow them to maintain the viability of their groves. Citrus greening is a disease unlike any we have ever faced but the Florida Citrus industry will prevail,” Shepp said.

Florida Citrus Commission chairman and Lake Wales citrus grower Ellis Hunt welcomed the fact the forecast came in higher than initial estimates. “I’m looking forward to the day we can see this number start rising again,” Hunt said.

And State Rep. Ben Albritton, chairman of the agriculture and natural resources appropriations committee, said while the numbers are lower than last season’s crop, they keep Florida Citrus competitive and represent industry stability.

Source: http://www.floridacitrus.org/newsroom/news/first-crop-of-season-forecasts-decrease-for-florida-citrus/

 

 

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Return to normal lemon harvest in Spain

Ailimpo said the Spanish lemon campaign is underway but with small volumes so far because of Southern Hemisphere stocks remain. It will pick up to full pace in October, when fresh lemons from Spain replace the older Southern Hemisphere fruit.

Spain is in line for a 2016/17 lemon harvest of 980,000 tons, up 22% on last season, according to the latest forecast by Ailimpo, the Spanish interprofessional association for lemons and grapefruit.

It estimates the grapefruit crop will come in at 67,000 tons, down 6% on 2015/16.

In a press release, the Murcia-based association said the figures represent a return to normal in the case of lemons and stability regarding grapefruit. It said they also mean Spain will continue its market leadership in Europe.

Spanish lemon, grapefruit harvest progress

Ailimpo said the Spanish lemon campaign is underway but with small volumes so far because of Southern Hemisphere stocks remain. It will pick up to full pace in October, when fresh lemons from Spain replace the older Southern Hemisphere fruit.

The grapefruit harvest will largely begin in the second half of October. Ailimpo also said it expects a drop in imports from Florida and Israel in Europe this season..

Its next harvest estimates are due to be released on January 26.

 

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Global citrus markets and trade forecasts for 2015/16

A snapshot of citrus fruit trade, production and consumption around the world.

In its latest, twice-yearly report Citrus: World Markets and Trade, the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service provides estimates for the 2015/16 world markets and trade in fresh oranges, orange juice, tangerines/mandarins, grapefruit and lemons and limes.

Here are some of the key figures:

Oranges

Production for 2015/16 is forecast down 740,000 tons from the previous year to 47.9 million tons as declines in the US and Mexico more than offset increases in Brazil, China, the European Union, and Egypt. Fruit for processing is down 840,000 tons on the lower production in the United States.

Exports (see table at end) are up slightly as most of the reduced supplies will be processing oranges.

Tangerines/Mandarins

Global production for 2015/16 is forecast at a record 29 million metric tons, up over 200,000 tons from last year with an increase in China offsetting a drop in the EU. Fresh consumption continues to expand with greater supplies.

Trade is down as a 25% drop in exports from Turkey more than offsets the growth from China, Morocco, and Israel.

Grapefruit

For 2015/16, global production is forecast up 300,000 tons to 6.4 million tons on a 10% increase in China as area expands.

Exports are up 3% as consumption grows 7% on strong demand in China.

Lemons/Limes

Global production in 2015/16  is forecast 3% lower to 6.9 million tons. A drop in the EU due to unfavorable weather that affected bloom and fruit set more than offsets the rise in Argentina

Global exports are forecast up 4% on higher trade from Argentina and Mexico. Fruit for processing is down as a result of smaller available supplies from the EU.

Source: Citrus: World Markets and Trade, January 2016, Office of Global Analysis, Foreign Agricultural Service/USDA

Citrus fruits image: by Scott Bauer, USDA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons