Florida Citrus Production Forecast Released

As the first USDA Citrus Crop Estimate makes its way through the news feeds, Patrick Spinosa discusses what it means for the citrus industry.

In my latest column in Central Florida Ag News (CFAN), I discussed how rootstocks, federal disaster relief, and land loans are key in the comeback the Florida citrus industry may see with the 2018-19 harvest. This month, we heard the first USDA Citrus Crop Estimate, predicting whether the Florida citrus farming industry will rebound from its worst season since World War II. The first citrus production forecast was released on October 11th and the numbers do not disappoint. The USDA predicts the Florida citrus fruit crop will see 79 million boxes before the close of the season next July.Read More

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Don Harden Talks Florida Lemons

Explore the niche industry of Florida lemons.

As more details are coming out regarding the full effect of Hurricane Irma on Florida agriculture, most eyes are turned to the first release of the monthly Citrus Forecast in October. It focuses on citrus like oranges and grapefruit, but Florida lemons will not be as great of a concern to most of The Sunshine State’s citrus industry. As I shared in my latest column in Central Florida Ag News, the commercial lemon industry in Florida is a very niche industry, so it’s not as prevalent as other forms of citrus. See the reasons why Florida lemons are such a rarity below, and what it takes to grow a lemon tree in The Sunshine State.
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