The final citrus crop forecast of the 2015-16 season, issued by Mark Hudson, USDA Agricultural Statistics Board, is up 2.5 million boxes for California, now at 54.5 million boxes. The total comprises 44 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges (early, mid-season, Navel, and Temple varieties), up 2 million boxes from last month, and 10.5 million boxes of Valencia oranges, unchanged from last month. The forecast of California grapefruit production is unchanged at 3.9 million boxes. The California Lemon forecast at 21.8 million boxes, increasing 800 thousand boxes from last month. The forecast of California tangerine production is unchanged at 22 million boxes.
Producers, MARK YOUR CALENDARS. The initial crop forecast for the 2016-17 season will be issued on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time.