Department of Agriculture
Trade and U.S. Export Opportunities
- Californias freeze is
forecast to reduce sharply the California orange harvest
and U.S. fresh orange exports. Based on the National
Agricultural Statistics Services (NASS) January
forecast, the freeze in December in the San Joaquin
Valley reduced Californias orange crop to 1.3
million metric tons, down 49 percent from last
years harvest. Although California normally
accounts for about 25 percent of total U.S. orange
production, that state accounts for most of the U.S.
domestic fresh consumption and fresh orange exports. The
freeze is expected to reduce sharply U.S. fresh orange
exports and domestic consumption in 1998/99. U.S. orange
exports in 1998/99 are forecast at 400,000 tons, 38
percent below last seasons record shipments of
645,000 tons. This forecast would be the lowest level
since 1990/91, when a similar, though more severe, freeze
reduced U.S. fresh orange exports to only 233,000 tons.
U.S. orange exports in 1997/98 were valued at $362
million. The value of U.S. orange exports in 1998/99 is
expected to also be down sharply, but not proportionally
to the volume decrease, due to likely higher unit prices.
Spain and Morocco, the other two largest citrus exporting
countries, are also forecast to have lower production and
exports in the 1998/99 season.
by the World Agricultural Outlook Board/USDA
Last modified: Thursday, April 06, 2000