Florida Orange Forecast and Chicken Prices Up
**The USDA’s Florida’s 2020-21 all orange forecast is out and unchanged at 51.7 million boxes. If that holds up, this will be 23% less than last season’s final production.
www.morningagclips.com reports, the forecast consists of 22.7 million boxes of non-Valencia oranges, early, mid-season, and Navel varieties, and 29 million boxes of Valencias.
Grapefruit production is 4.2 million boxes, while tangerines and tangelos is lowered 50,000 to 900,000 boxes.
Harvest of tangerines and tangelos is all but over for the season.
**As the Biden administration pushes to get 70% of all adults at least one dose of COVID vaccine by July 4th, the President says we can only do it with rural America's help.
But, according to www.agweb.com, a recent survey found more than half of farmers plan to get vaccinated.
The April Ag Economy Barometer shows 54% of those surveyed plan to get vaccinated, while 32% have no plans, yet, to get vaccinated.
**At the start of 2021, chicken looked like a bargain for U.S. restaurants after closures and dining room restrictions contributed to swollen stockpiles of chicken, with last year’s average price at around $1 a pound.
But, according to www.agrimarketing.com, boneless skinless chicken breast, the industry's flagship product, is now trading at $2.04 a pound.
One reason for the higher prices is the chicken sandwich wars of recent years.