Industry experts are predicting a good crop from the Florida growers for the approaching 2012-2013 harvest. Weather conditions have been favorable for fruit development and high fruit count. Private industry estimates are anticipating a crop harvest 10-15% greater than last years harvest. As usual at this time of year, weather conditions continue to pose a threat to the citrus industry. Hurricane activity is expected to be higher than originally predicted. Weather experts have noted higher than anticipated activity thus far in the 2012 hurricane season. September 10 is considered to be mid-point in the Atlantic Hurricane season. If weather conditions do not damage the current Florida crop, harvest levels are expected to be in the 150-160 million box range. The harvest is not expected to begin until December time frame.
The US Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) provides an estimate for Florida citrus production monthly throughout the season. Estimates begin in October of each season. The first estimate for the 2012-2013 harvest will be October 11, 2012. We will continue to post updates as information becomes available.