A Shipping Update on Florida Citrus, Southeastern Blueberries

A Shipping Update on Florida Citrus, Southeastern  Blueberries

DSCN4419Florida citrus shipments continue on a steady pace, while the state’s blueberry shipping season is just getting underway.

The Sunshine State’s orange production has declined slightly with the issuance of the USDA’s March 10th report.  However, production of grapefruit and tangerines has remained steady.

Late-season orange production, which includes navels declined 2 percent or 1 million equivalent cartons from the previous month’s report.  The late season valencias, which ship primarily to processed channels, remained unchanged.  Valencias account for 55 million cartons with the other oranges at 47 million cartons.

Final season navel shipments is reported at 1.4 million cartons.  Navels ship primarily fresh while around 96 percent of the state’s oranges are harvested for processing.

Overall, Florida this season is expected to ship 120 million cartons of citrus, down from last season’s 124 million cartons.

Florida citrus – grossing about $3500 to Boston.

Florida, Georgia Blueberry Shipments

Florida blueberry shipments are just starting from the Southern and central parts of the state of the state and loading should be available into early May.  Northern Florida blueberries normally start in early April and will be available through late May.  That freeze which damaged Georgia blueberries several weeks ago, did little or no damage for Central Florida blueberries.

The amount of damage to Georgia blueberries is still be assessed, but the state will still probably have decent shipments this season.

In recent years Georgia has surged to become the biggest domestic producer.  For the 2014 season, Georgia’s 56 million pounds topped perennial leaders Michigan and New Jersey.

For years, Michigan and New Jersey traded the top spot for fresh production, with New Jersey leading four out of five years.  In the mid-2000s, Georgia’s fresh volume was double Florida’s, a pace that continued as both states boosted production.
In the most recent season, Georgia’s fresh volume was more than three times that of Florida.