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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 for an 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)

Total Value

Florida

California

Texas

Arizona

127,800

16,800

23,100

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 --- 1997-98
 

County

Total Acres

Total Trees

Production (box)

Estimated On-Tree Value

St. Lucie

Indian River

Hendry

Polk

Martin

50,053

34,254

8,962

7,717

5,213

5,300,500

3,522,500

1,171,100

683,700

543,100

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

Brevard

Manatee

DeSoto

Okeechobee

Lee

3,731

3,178

3,134

2,151

1,489

1,786

1,514

1,690

1,475

1,182

387,100

404,800

397,000

220,400

151,500

152,100

138,800

193,900

155,600

144,600

1,419,000

1,291,000

877,000

805,000

736,000

603,000

519,000

507,000

463,000

411,000

$1,022,000

$929,000

$631,000

$580,000

$529,000

$434,000

$373,000

$366,000

$333,000

$296,000

Hardee

Lake Hillsborough

Sarasota

Glades

885

1,117

831

439

377

93,000

143,100

80,900

48,300

61,800

389,000

353,000

346,000

227,000

183,000

$280,000

$254,000

$249,000

$163,000

$131,000

Volusia

Orange

Pasco

180

249

249

17,600

27,600

24,600

69,000

68,000

67,000

$50,000

$49,000

$48,000

All others

165,000

18,100

26,000

$19,000

Florida Total

132,817

14,079,100

49,550,000

$35,701,000

Source: Florida Agricultural Statistics Service

Grapefruit Facts 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 18 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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