As Florida’s citrus season ends, the state is producing fewer grapefruit and more valencia oranges.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that higher percentages of tangerines and tangelos this season shipped fresh.

In the USDA’s June 10 forecast, agricultural statisticians said packinghouses packed 22.5 million equivalent cartons of colored and white grapefruit, down 3% from 21.8 million cartons in May’s report.
Florida producing fewer grapefruit but more valencias
Valencia oranges increased from 73 million boxes to 75 million boxes from the May to June report.

Early, mid-season and navels, which have finished production, remained unchanged.

The state’s tangerine harvest has officially ended, with production remaining unchanged.

Though 57% or 4 million cartons of the state’s tangerines normally go fresh, the USDA this season reported that 70% of the deal shipped to fresh buyers.

The state this season shipped 3.9 million boxes of tangerines and 1.1 million boxes of tangelos.

On tangelos, 40% shipped fresh vs. last year’s 27%.

For grapefruit, 41% or 10 million cartons normally ship fresh.

Only about 4% or 7 million cartons of Florida’s oranges typically ship fresh.

The last season report is scheduled for July 10.

The full report can be found at http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Florida/Publications/Citrus/cpfp.htm.