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Florida Grapefruit Production Forecast Down by 3% on Last Season at 17.8 million Boxes

  • Florida Grapefruit Production Forecast Down by 3% on Last Season at 17.8 million Boxes

    by Market Insider

    Monday, 11 Nov. 2013

    The forecast of grapefruit production is 17.8 million boxes, 3% lower than last season's production. The total is comprised of 4.8 million boxes of white grapefruit and 13.0 million boxes of colored grapefruit. All grapefruit bearing trees are estimated to be 4.9 million, up less than 1% from the previous season.

    The white grapefruit forecast of 4.8 million boxes is 9% lower than last season's production. The estimated number of bearing trees is down 3% from the previous season. The estimated fruit per tree is 555, an increase of 1% from last season. Projected fruit size is below the minimum, requiring an estimated 122 pieces of fruit to fill an 85-pound box. Projected droppage is above average at 20%.

    The colored grapefruit forecast of 13.0 million boxes is 1% lower than last season's final production. The estimated number of bearing trees is up 1% from the previous season. The estimated fruit per tree is 500, an increase of 2% from last season. Projected fruit size is close to the minimum, requiring an estimated 122 pieces of fruit to fill an 85-pound box. Projected droppage is above average at 20%.

    Source: Citrus Forecast November 2013, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Florida Field Office.

    http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Florida/Publications/Citrus/cpfp.htm

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