Things are looking good for Florida citrus this summer. Our friends at Florida Citrus have posted an article predicting an increase for this final month on Florida’s Citrus crops, so get ready to enjoy the rest of your summer full of your favorite Indian River Select® Brand Orange Juice in your refrigerator. Read the article below for details!
The Florida Grapefruit held steady.
BARTOW, Fla. – According to the latest forecast by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Florida Orange production increased slightly while Grapefruit production held steady.
The June report projects the state’s orange crop to increase by 500,000 boxes to 68.5 million for the 2016-17 season. The Grapefruit crop held steady at 7.8 million boxes and Specialty dipped by 10,000 to 1.62 million.
“This has been a particularly tough season for Florida Citrus growers with greening and other traditional crop challenges. An increase in 500,000 boxes could be easily dismissed but in this context it is a celebration and shows that these growers are still fighting with everything they’ve got,” said Shannon Shepp, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus.