Citrus Fruits 2011 Summary

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Citrus utilized production for the 2010-2011 season totaled 11.7 million tons, up 7 percent from the 2009-2010 season. Florida accounted for 63 percent of total United States citrus production, California totaled 33 percent, and Texas and Arizona produced the remaining 4 percent. Utilized citrus production was up from the previous year in all citrus reporting States.

Florida's orange production, at 140 million boxes, is up 5 percent from the previous season. Bearing citrus acreage in Florida, at 440,000 acres, is 11,000 acres below the 2009-2010 season. This is the lowest bearing acreage since the 1990-91 season. Florida’s frozen concentrated orange juice yield at 1.58608 gallons per box was up 2 percent from last season.

The value of the 2010-2011 United States citrus crop was up slightly from last season, at $2.98 billion (packinghouse-door equivalent). Orange value of production decreased 1 percent from last season while grapefruit value is down 6 percent. Tangerine and mandarin value of production is 15 percent higher than last season and lemon value of production is up 1 percent. Tangelo value increased 48 percent from the previous season.

Overall comparisons discussed above are based on similar fruit types. The revised production and utilization estimates are based on all data available at the end of the marketing season, including information from marketing orders, shipments, and processor records. Allowances are made for recorded local utilization and home use. Estimates for the 2010-2011 California Valencia oranges and grapefruit are preliminary, since the marketing season is not complete at publication time. Revisions to the utilized production estimates for all citrus for the 2010-2011 season will be published in the April 2012 Crop Production report.