FDOC Responds to First Citrus Crop Forecast of 2023

Bartow, Fla In the January USDA forecast of the 2022 – 2023 citrus season, the USDA projected production at 18 million boxes of Florida Oranges, 1.5 million boxes of Florida Grapefruit, and 500,000 boxes of Florida Tangerines and Tangelos. The crop forecast released on January 12, 2023, was a decrease from the previous forecast released in December.  

“To Florida’s resilient citrus growers, today’s crop forecast is evidence of the trials and complex challenges our industry has faced following Hurricanes Ian and Nicole. These updated figures are also further proof of growers’ strength and fortitude as they continue to face extreme weather, spikes in crop input prices, and the effects of citrus greening season after season,” said Shannon Shepp, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Citrus. “Despite these obstacles, Florida Citrus growers remain determined to repair, replant, and deploy innovative mitigation efforts to combat greening. Florida citrus growers’ commitment to providing high-quality Florida Orange Juice remains strong, and we are confident consumers will be able to enjoy the Original Wellness Drink for years to come.” 

About the Florida Department of Citrus

The Florida Department of Citrus is an executive agency of the Florida government charged with the marketing, research, and regulation of the Florida citrus industry. Its activities are funded by a tax paid by growers on each box of citrus that moves through commercial channels. The industry employs more than 33,000 people, provides an annual economic impact of $6.762 billion to the state, and contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues that help support Florida’s schools, roads, and health care services. For more information about the Florida Department of Citrus, visit FloridaCitrus.org/newsroom.