The Pacific Regional Office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts an acreage survey of California citrus growers as funding is available. The purpose of this survey is to provide annual citrus acreage with information on new plantings and removals. It is a continuation of a long series of industry-funded citrus acreage surveys.
Users are cautioned that this report consists of two parts:
- Table 1 shows estimated statewide bearing acreage for the 2013-14 to 2014-15 seasons.
- Tables 2, 3, and 4 show detailed acreage data by type, variety, and year planted — as voluntarily reported by citrus growers and maintained in NASS’ database.
With perfect information, the estimated statewide bearing acreage and the detailed acreage data would be the same. Generally, this will not be the case for the following reasons:
- A voluntary survey of approximately 4,300 citrus growers is unlikely to ever attain 100 percent completeness.
- It is difficult for USDA, NASS to detect growers who are planting citrus for the first time.