U.S. Citrus Shipments are Down 19% for 2021-22 Season

U.S. Citrus Shipments are Down 19% for 2021-22 Season

The USDA reports citrus volume for the 2021-22 season totaled 5.61 million tons, down 19% from the 2020-21 season.

California accounted for 62% of total U.S. citrus production; Florida totaled 36%, and Texas and Arizona produced the remaining 2%.
Utilized citrus production in California was down 16% from the 2020-21 season.

California’s all orange production, at 40.4 million boxes, is 18% lower than the previous season. Grapefruit production is down 2% from the 2020-21 season and tangerine and mandarin production is down 40%.

Florida’s orange production, at 41.1 million boxes, is down 22% from the previous season, the report said. Grapefruit utilization in Florida, at 3.33 million boxes, is down 19% from last season’s utilization. Florida’s total citrus utilization was down 22% from the previous season.

Utilized production of citrus in Texas is down 46% from the 2020-21 season.

Orange production is down 81% from the previous season and grapefruit production is down 29%. Arizona’s production of lemon up 27%.

The value of the 2021-22 U.S. citrus crop was down 13% from last season, to 2.91 billion packinghouse-door equivalent. Orange value of  production decreased 9% from last season and grapefruit value is down 27%.

Tangerine and mandarin value of production is down 18% from last season and lemon value of production is down 13% from last season.