Wednesday, January 22, 2014

First Quality Navel Oranges May Be In Short Supply

Perhaps we could use the old phrase – Get While The Gettin Is Good – to describe the purchasing of quality fresh Sunburst Navel Oranges. We currently have a good supply of 1st class navel oranges at our great prices.  But, as the demand goes up and time passes that could quickly change and we don’t want you to miss out.

Some recent information in the press about the 2014 supply of US produced oranges.

Freezing weather in California and another decline in projected production in Florida are putting a minor squeeze on the domestic U.S winter citrus deal. Meanwhile, rains in Texas have filled out the Lone Star State crop, which is making up for shorter supplies of smaller oranges from some of the West Coast.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture once again revised its Florida citrus forecast downward Jan. 10 in the wake of continuing damage from citrus greening disease, which is present in all Florida citrus-producing counties.

The forecast for the 2013-14 Florida orange crop now stands at 115 million boxes, down 5 percent from the December estimate, which had itself been revised down from early-season October projections.

The USDA’s estimate of the 2013-14 Florida grapefruit crop is now 16.5 million boxes, down 200,000 boxes from December.

Specialty fruit is now at 4.4 million boxes, also down 200,000 from the previous estimate. The yield for frozen concentrate orange juice (FCOJ) remained the same at 1.61 gallons per 90-pound box.

Citrus greening — also known as HLB or huanglongbing — is responsible for fruit drop that led to the lowered USDA estimates.

There is no cure for HLB, which is spread by a tiny insect, the Asian citrus psyllid. Infection of a single tree can wipe out an entire grove in two years.

Florida growers have come up with increasingly creative ways to combat HLB, from nutritional cocktails to coordinated spraying for the psyllid to keeping trees warm and only planting new stock that was raised wholly indoors.

Get your naturally grown California Sunburst Navel Oranges direct from our trees to your table.

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