The California Department of Food and Agriculture, in cooperation with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, released the 2020-2021 California Valencia Orange Objective Measurement Report on March 9, 2021. The 2020-2021 California Valencia Orange Objective Measurement Report forecasts the upcoming Valencia crop to be twenty million 40-pound cartons. The 2020-2021 Valencia forecast of 20 million cartons represents a 10% increase over the 18 million cartons harvested last season. The fruit count per tree is 545, a 2.7% decrease from the previous estimate and 18.5% above the five-year average set of 336 fruit per tree. The average March 1st fruit diameter was 2.552 inches, up 3.3% from the previous season and slightly below the five-year average diameter of 2.538 inches. The estimate is calculated on 28,000 bearing acres – 2,000 fewer acres than the previous season’s estimate.
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