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Volume up, sizing down for California citrus crops

California growers are expected to produce 80 million cartons of navel oranges during the 2018-19 season, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s an 11% increase over last year.

Limoneira leans on geographic diversity to fill lemon demand

Mother Nature’s unpredictable ways have increased the importance of having geographic diversity in sourcing lemons.
Dec 06, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Lemons

USDA lowers Florida orange estimate slightly

The U.S. Department of Agriculture adjusted its estimate for the Florida orange crop to 77 million boxes, down 3% from October.

USDA plans fresh lemon purchase for January

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it is planning to purchase up to $3.369 million in fresh lemons in January.
Sep 11, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Lemons

California citrus growers anticipate good 2018-19 season

California citrus suppliers and marketers say they will have ample volumes to market in the fall, even if the numbers fall a bit short of last year.

High markets make lemons a sweet target for theft

A Los Angeles man has been arrested for allegedly stealing 800 pounds of lemons near Thermal, Calif.

Lime prices on the move

Prices for limes have risen noticeably in the last month, and suppliers listed seasonal factors, weather and the ongoing lemon shortage as pieces of the puzzle.

Strawberries still reign as No. 1 Ventura County crop

Strawberries remained the top crop in Ventura County in 2017, and the county’s 10 leading crops in terms of value are mostly fruits and vegetables.

Mind (and fill) the gaps in the produce aisle

Accentuate the positive. Last week I searched my nearby friendly produce department for lemons.