Florida Packinghouse Citrus Day and Cranberry Estimates Down Slightly

Florida Packinghouse Citrus Day and Cranberry Estimates Down Slightly

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**Florida’s fresh citrus industry will gather for Citrus Packinghouse Day tomorrow to hear of promising updates for research, various shipping requirements, and Ag labor related to fresh fruit handling and transport.

www.morningagclips.com reports, the FREE event will include exhibitors and networking opportunities.

Citrus Packinghouse Day will be held at the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred.

On-site registration opens at 8 a.m. The program runs until noon.


**New data from USDA’s Economic Research Service shows variable rate technology adoption is on the rise.

Farmers use variable rate technologies to control the amount of farm inputs, like seed, fertilizer, and chemicals, applied as farm machinery moves across a field.

Data from USDA’s Agricultural Resource Management Survey show that initial adoption in the late 1990s and early 2000s was sluggish, remaining below 10% of planted acres for several field crops.

**USDA estimates show the U.S. national cranberry crop for 2023 at 7.62 million barrels, down 5% from last year.

www.thepacker.com reports, in Wisconsin, the largest growing state, production is forecast at 4.6 million barrels, down 5%.

Production in Massachusetts, forecast at 2 million barrels, is down 12%.

In Oregon, the crop faced threats from the intense heat and extreme weather this summer, and growers are concerned about fruit size.


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