Size Standards Reduced For Lower Rio Grande Valley Grapefruit

In response market demand and to maximize shipments of Texas fresh fruits, USDA has adopted a final rule to reduce the minimum size of grapefruit from 3-5/16 inches (size 56) to 3 inches (size 64) in diameter and reduced the minimum grade requirement for the grapefruit to “Texas Choice” for both sizes.

The Texas Valley Citrus Committee, who requested the change, reported a shortage of fruit available to supply the fresh market. With this rule change, they believe Texas growers should be able to fill the market demand. The committee also recognized that consumers are now showing preference toward smaller-sized fruit.

Topics: ,

Leave a Reply

Grapefruit & Specialty Stories
Citrus
April 11, 2017
Florida Citrus Stuck in Crop Forecast Funk
Latest estimate from USDA shows no change for oranges; grapefruit count gets squeezed. Read More
Florida citrus grove
Citrus
March 9, 2017
Florida Citrus Crop Besieged By Sinking Feeling
Latest USDA estimate yanks healthy chunk out of projected yield for oranges. Read More
Florida red grapefruit samples
Grapefruit & Specialty
March 1, 2017
Is South Korea a Grapefruit Market Goldmine?
Researchers are finding high demand for the tart citrus, opening the door for opportunistic Florida growers to fill the need. Read More
citrus fruit drop in a Florida grove
Citrus
January 12, 2017
Season’s First Slip Seen In Latest Florida Orange Estimate
Despite slight drop in Valencias, silver linings found. Read More
Citrus
December 9, 2016
Latest Florida Citrus Crop Forecast Runs Flat
Despite crop protection challenges, all-orange production projection from USDA remains unchanged. Read More
HLB Fruit Drop In Florida Citrus
Citrus
November 9, 2016
Florida Citrus Estimate Escapes Hit From Hurricane Matthew
Despite the major storm, updated forecast figures from USDA actually show an increase. Read More
squeezing an orange
Citrus
October 12, 2016
Squeeze Felt In Season’s First Florida Citrus Forecast
USDA estimates all-orange crop to be down more than 11 million boxes from last season’s final tally. Read More
Florida oranges
Citrus
July 12, 2016
Florida Citrus Season Ends On Up Note
Challenging campaign typified by forecasts influenced by the negative impacts of HLB. Read More
Grower Jonathan Brown of Bethel Farms inspects his citrus grove.
Citrus
June 10, 2016
Florida Orange Crop Estimate Climbs Again
For the fourth consecutive month, ground is gained in Valencias. Read More
young lady goofing around with orange slices for eyes
Citrus
May 10, 2016
Winning Streak Continues For Florida Oranges
Updated crop estimate from USDA reveals uptick for third month in a row. Read More
extreme close-up of an orange
Citrus
April 12, 2016
Latest USDA Forecast Says Florida Oranges On A Roll
Momentum carries over big time from last month’s elevated expectation in output. Read More
Bethel Farms' citrus grove in Arcadia, FL
Citrus
March 9, 2016
Latest Florida Orange Forecast Features Rare Increase
A bump in projected Valencia production breaks long string of sobering reports. Read More
young lady goofing around with orange slices for eyes
Citrus
February 9, 2016
Revised Forecast Yields Small Victory For Florida Oranges
Updated USDA estimate holds serve again; hasn’t dipped since December. Read More
Genetically engineered purple limes using red grapes and blood oranges
Grapefruit & Specialty
January 6, 2016
Purple Limes, Blood Oranges Find Footing In Florida Thanks To Genetic Engineering
Related research also could lead to a new grapefruit cultivar as well as the creation of ornamental citrus plants. Read More
Florida Department of Citrus Amazing logo
Citrus
December 6, 2015
Florida Department Of Citrus Thankful, Hopeful As New Season Sets In
Organization's executive director says cutting-edge technology key to delivering brand message. Read More
The Latest
Grapefruit & Specialty
August 22, 2017
More Florida Citrus Producers Pondering …
Local farmers are sweet on the prospect of growing the acid fruit. Read More
Citrus
July 12, 2017
Shaky Florida Citrus Season Skids to a S…
Final USDA tally confirms continuing downward trend of production in the HLB era. Read More
Citrus
May 11, 2017
Late Season Rally in Forecast for Florid…
Latest estimate from USDA reveals first increase in several months; grapefruit continues to sour. Read More
Citrus
April 11, 2017
Florida Citrus Stuck in Crop Forecast Fu…
Latest estimate from USDA shows no change for oranges; grapefruit count gets squeezed. Read More
Citrus
March 9, 2017
Florida Citrus Crop Besieged By Sinking …
Latest USDA estimate yanks healthy chunk out of projected yield for oranges. Read More
Grapefruit & Specialty
March 1, 2017
Is South Korea a Grapefruit Market Goldm…
Researchers are finding high demand for the tart citrus, opening the door for opportunistic Florida growers to fill the need. Read More
Citrus
January 12, 2017
Season’s First Slip Seen In Latest Flori…
Despite slight drop in Valencias, silver linings found. Read More
Citrus
December 9, 2016
Latest Florida Citrus Crop Forecast Runs…
Despite crop protection challenges, all-orange production projection from USDA remains unchanged. Read More
Citrus
November 9, 2016
Florida Citrus Estimate Escapes Hit From…
Despite the major storm, updated forecast figures from USDA actually show an increase. Read More
Citrus
October 12, 2016
Squeeze Felt In Season’s First Flo…
USDA estimates all-orange crop to be down more than 11 million boxes from last season’s final tally. Read More
Citrus
July 12, 2016
Florida Citrus Season Ends On Up Note
Challenging campaign typified by forecasts influenced by the negative impacts of HLB. Read More
Citrus
June 10, 2016
Florida Orange Crop Estimate Climbs Agai…
For the fourth consecutive month, ground is gained in Valencias. Read More
Citrus
May 10, 2016
Winning Streak Continues For Florida Ora…
Updated crop estimate from USDA reveals uptick for third month in a row. Read More
Citrus
April 12, 2016
Latest USDA Forecast Says Florida Orange…
Momentum carries over big time from last month’s elevated expectation in output. Read More
Citrus
March 9, 2016
Latest Florida Orange Forecast Features …
A bump in projected Valencia production breaks long string of sobering reports. Read More
Citrus
February 9, 2016
Revised Forecast Yields Small Victory Fo…
Updated USDA estimate holds serve again; hasn’t dipped since December. Read More
Grapefruit & Specialty
January 6, 2016
Purple Limes, Blood Oranges Find Footing…
Related research also could lead to a new grapefruit cultivar as well as the creation of ornamental citrus plants. Read More
Citrus
December 6, 2015
Florida Department Of Citrus Thankful, H…
Organization's executive director says cutting-edge technology key to delivering brand message. Read More