Citrus Summary September 2010
Citrus utilized production for the 2009-2010 season totaled 10.9 million tons, down 8 percent from the 2008-2009 season. Florida accounted for 65 percent of total United States citrus production, California totaled 31 percent, and Texas and Arizona produced the remaining 4 percent.
Florida's orange production, at 134 million boxes, is down 18 percent from the previous season. Grapefruit utilization in Florida, at 20.3 million boxes, is down 6 percent from last season's utilization. Florida's total citrus utilization decreased 16 percent from the previous season. Bearing citrus acreage, at 517,100 acres, is 13,800 acres below the 2008-09 season. This is the lowest bearing acreage since the 1986-87 season.
Utilized citrus production in California increased 15 percent from the 2008-2009 season. California's all orange production, at 56.5 million boxes, is 22 percent higher than the previous season. Grapefruit production is down 13 percent from the 2008-2009 season and the lemon crop is down 2 percent. California produced a record tangerine and mandarin crop, with production at 9.90 million boxes. Utilized citrus production in Texas is up 4 percent from the 2008-2009 season. Orange production is up 12 percent from the previous season and grapefruit production increased 2 percent. Total citrus production in Arizona is down 27 percent from last season. Arizona lemon production is also down 27 percent.