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Florida Grapefruit prices and value plunged to their lowest levels in more than 35 years in 1997-98. On-tree prices slipped to $0.72 a 85-pound box and to an on-tree value of $35,701,000

The delivered-in price for all grapefruit dropped to $2.98 a box and total value dipped to $147,768,000.

Florida growers left unharvested more than 8 million boxes on more than 11,000 acres due to economic conditions, but still remained the nations No. 1 grapefruit producing state, accounting for 77.2 percent of the U.S. crop in 1997-98.




Florida Grapefruit Production and Value

Crop Year

Bearing Acreage

Yield (box)

Production (box)

Value (box)

On-Tree Value

1997-98

1996-97

1995-96

1994-95

1993-94

127,800

139,200

132,800

127,300

118,300

388

401

394

438

432

49,550,000

55,800,000

52,350,000

55,700,000

51,050,000

$0.72

$1.58

$2.14

$2.09

$3.28

$35,701,000

$88,009,000

$112,136,000

$116,602,000

$167,211,000

1992-93

1991-92

1990-91

1989-90

1988-89

111,900

104,700

104,200

103,000

106,900

493

405

433

347

512

55,150,000

42,400,000

45,100,000

35,700,000

54,750,000

$2.66

$6.62

$5.66

$5.65

$4.45

$146,432,000

$280,629,000

$255,328,000

$201,756,000

$243,874,000

1979-80

1969-70

1959-69

126,400

98,700

84,500

343

379

361

54,800,000

37,400,000

30,500,000

$3.31

$2.51

$1.40

$181,208,000

$94,100,000

$42,760,000

Box = 85 pounds
Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service



Leading Grapefruit-Producing States --- 1997-98

State

Bearing Acres

Production (box)

On-Tree Value

Florida

California

Texas

Arizona

127,800

16,800

25,100

4,700

49,550,000

9,000,000

4,800,000

800,000

$147,768,000

$59,728,000

$22,574,000

$3,768,000

U.S. Totals

172,400 64,150,000 $233,832,000

 




Leading Grapefruit-Producing Counties --- 1996-97

County

Total Acres

Total Trees

Production (box)

Estimated On-Tree Value

St. Lucie

Indian River

Hendry

Polk

Martin

53,239

35,923

10,148

9,157

5,746

5,474,200

3,646,300

1,335,600

794,300

584,500

18,727,000

12,701,000

3,666,000

3,420,000

1,655,000

$13,483,000

$9,445,000

$2,639,000

$2,462,000

$1,192,000

Highlands

Collier

Charlotte

Palm Beach

Osceola

4,456

4,086

3,655

1,984

1,528

456,800

518,800

466,600

185,400

153,500

1,419,000

1,291,000

877,000

805,000

736,000

$1,022,000

$929,000

$631,000

$580,000

$529,000

Brevard

Manatee

DeSoto

Okeechobee

Lee

2,175

1,984

1,792

1,699

1,288

183,500

185,400

203,600

174,800

144,600

603,000

519,000

507,000

463,000

411,000

$434,000

$373,000

$366,000

$333,000

$296,000

Hardee

Lake

Hillsborough

Sarasota

Glades

1,018

1,240

1,006

480

390

107,100

152,000

95,200

51,700

60,600

389,000

353,000

346,000

227,000

183,000

$280,000

$254,000

$249,000

$163,000

$131,000

Volusia

Orange

Pasco

189

282

295

18,300

30,300

28,600

69,000

68,000

67,000

$50,000

$49,000

$48,000

All others

29

3,500

26,000

$19,000

Florida Total

144,416

15,116,900

49,550,000

$35,701,000

Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service



Grapefruit Facts
  • Grapefruit was first brought to the United States in 1823 from the West Indies by the French Count Odel Philippe.
  • St. Lucie is Floridas leading grapefruit producing county with more than 50,000 acres and more than 5 million trees, producing more than 20 million boxes with an on-tree value of more than $13 million in 1997-98.
  • In 1997-98, more than 58 percent of all the grapefruit grown in Florida was shipped fresh, and 25 percent was shipped to foreign markets.
  • The primary varieties of Florida grapefruit are: Foster, Redblush, Thompson, Marsh and Duncan.


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