Things are looking good for Florida grapefruit this February. Our friends at Florida Citrus have posted an article predicting consistency on Florida’s Citrus Grapefruit crops and only a slight decrease on orange crops, so get ready to enjoy the rest of your winter and start your spring full of your favorite Indian River Select® Brand Grapefruit and Orange Juice in your refrigerator. Read the article below for details!
The Florida Grapefruit crop held steady at 9 million boxes, according to the February forecast by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, while the Florida Orange crop decreased slightly.
The report projects a one million box reduction in the state’s orange crop to 70 million boxes.
According to Shannon Shepp, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus: “Today’s forecast reflects a true utilization of early, mid-season, and Navel varieties. We hope for higher numbers of Valencia production as we continue through the second half of the season.”
The FDOC, which is mostly funded by box taxes paid by the state’s citrus growers, serves as the chief marketing and promotion arm for the industry.