The November Florida Citrus Forecast drops again.
The first Florida Citrus Forecast of the season put Florida’s citrus totals for the 2017-2018 season at 54 million boxes, a 21 percent drop from the end of the 2017-2016 season. While it was a drastic drop, many in the industry felt it was not an accurate forecast, given the devastation Hurricane Irma wreaked on Florida citrus and much of The Sunshine State’s agriculture industry. Consequently, the November Florida Citrus Forecast resulted in another drop as expected, see the details below.
The Details of the November Florida Citrus Forecast
The latest forecast from the USDA predicts 50 million boxes of citrus, a drop of 27 percent over the 2016-2017 season, according to a Growing Produce article. The orange forecast was broken into the following:
- 21 million for early and mid-season varieties
- 29 million for Valencia
Grapefruit also fell, going down another 250,000 boxes from the first forecast in October to a predicted 4.65 million boxes.
Reactions to the November Florida Citrus Forecast
Ag Commissioner Adam Putnam maintained the number reflected the damage caused by the storm, and promised to continue to look for relief for Florida citrus growers. He said, “Today’s lowered forecast shows that the damage to Florida citrus from Hurricane Irma is still unfolding, and it will continue to for some time. Florida’s growers need support and they need it fast. I will continue to work with Governor Scott and leaders in Washington to get Florida’s growers the support and relief they need to rebuild as quickly as possible.”
Growers will be closely watching the next forecast, December 12th.
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