Jugos, bebidas, vinos y licoresNov. 15, 2013
EE.UU: USDA estima que cosecha de cítricos caería alrededor de 6% en volumen en relación con la temporada anterior
Oranges will fall 6 per cent to 125m boxes and grapefruit volumes will drop to 18.35m boxes.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its initial Florida citrus crop forecast on Friday 8 November, pegging the 2013/14 orange crop at 125m boxes, down 6 per cent from last season.
The USDA estimated early-mid varieties at 58m boxes, down from 67.1m at the end of last season, while the Valencia orange total stood at 67m boxes compared to 66.5m in 2012/13.
“The number shows HLB (citrus greening disease) continues to affect our industry and growers are faced once again with a challenging season,” said Michael Sparks, executive vice-president and CEO of Florida Citrus Mutual. “The good news is that at this size crop, there should be upward pressure on prices.”
The USDA usually makes its initial estimate in October of each year and revises it monthly as the crop takes shape until the end of the season in July. However, the federal government shutdown delayed the estimate until 8 November.
During the 2012/13 season, Florida produced 133.6m boxes of oranges.