Agriculture in Southwest Florida: Citrus
The southwest Florida region is compiled of the following five counties: Charlotte,
Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee. In this regions, during the 2007-08 harvesting
season, there were approximately 132,940 acres of citrus that produced 45.3M boxes.
Most of the citrus produced in the area is for processed juice.
Southwest Florida Citrus Acreage
Southwest Florida Citrus Value ($)
Advance Production Systems
Schumann, Arnold W., James P. Syvertsen, and Kelly T. Morgan, University of Florida,
2009. Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc. Vol. 122
The advanced citrus production system (ACPS) is a short- to medium-term approach
to citrus water and nutrient management now being evaluated in Florida citrus groves
for sustainable, profi table citrus production in the presence of greening and canker
diseases. The goal of ACPS is to compress and enhance the citrus production cycle
so economic payback can be reached in fewer years to offset some of the disease
Ronald P. Muraro
Estimated costs and returns of growing processed-market round oranges and fresh-market
seedless grapefruit in the Southwest area of Florida are presented for the tenth
consecutive year. While Southwest Florida refers primarily to Charlotte, Collier,
Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties, the costs shown are also applicable to Okeechobee
and Sarasota Counties. The format presented may be used by individual growers to
budget costs and returns, utilizing individual data on specific groves. This is
a yearly report available from Ron Muraro.
Thomas H. Spreen, Ronald P. Muraro, Fritz M. Roka, and R. Allen Morris. University
of Florida, IFAS, FE812, 2009
The Florida citrus industry has a long history of cooperation both among competing
firms and between firms and government entities. The purpose of this document is
to identify the major organizations that work for the benefit of the Florida citrus
industry and to provide a brief introduction to their activities.
Ronald P. Muraro, Fritz M. Roka, Thomas H. Spreen, and Marcus Timpner. University
of Florida, IFAS, FE669, 2007
A group of growers from Florida's Peace River Valley citrus growing region posed
the question: “What are the total costs of governmental regulatory compliance?”
In researching other agricultural crops produced in the United States, no compliance
cost information was found. Therefore, a working group of growers and UF/IFAS personnel
had to start from scratch to develop and implement a survey to enumerate regulatory
compliance costs. This EDIS document explains how it was done and the results that
came out of the survey.
R.M. Muchovej, E.A. Hanlon, T. Obreza, M. Ozores-Hampton, F.M. Roka, S. Shukla,
H. Yamataki, and K. Morgan. University of Florida, IFAS, SL-234, 2006
The intent of this document is to review those challenges facing citrus growers
dealing with soils, water management, and nutrients. Certain available strategies
are evolving to efficiently produce citrus in southwest Florida on variable mineral
soils and are reviewed herein.
F.M. Roka, R.E. Rouse, S. Futch, and R. Muraro, EDIS FE624, IFAS. 2006
This paper addresses the generic question of whether a crop should be harvested
after sustaining significant loss. This paper provides a citrus grower with a roadmap
to determine the economic criteria for harvesting the remaining crop after a hurricane.
Conversely, when is it in the best economic interest for a grower to abandon the
remaining crop? While the hurricanes of 2004 motivated this paper, the analysis
is applicable to any situation arising from natural disasters, pest infestations,
or collapsing market prices.
The Citrus Horticulture program serves the extension and applied research needs
for commercial plantings in the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast region. Program areas
emphasized include nursery tree production, nutrition sources for establishing young
trees, general cultural practices during tree establishment, and environmentally
sound cover crops for row middles in bedded flatwoods groves.
The Gulf Citrus Growers Association is a trade association representing the citrus
growers of Southwest Florida. Its geographical service area includes Charlotte,
Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties. "Gulf Citrus" addresses key issues of
economic importance to the sustainable growth and development of the citrus industry
in the region. These issues include land and water use, environmental regulation,
farm worker relations, transportation, marketing, domestic and international trade
programs. The association also serves as the "Gulf" citrus industry voice on other
issues impacting the area's agricultural industry.