Florida's ag products cash receipts drop 9 percent

The Economic Research Service, USDA, reports that receipts from Florida agricultural products in 2006 totaled nearly $7 billion. This is a 9 percent decrease from the previous year, when revised cash receipts totaled $7.7 billion.

Cash receipts from all crops decreased 10 percent from 2005, while cash receipts from all livestock and livestock products decreased by 7 percent.

Receipts from all crops accounted for 81 percent of all cash receipts. As in previous years, the leading crop commodities were oranges (17.2 percent of all cash receipts), foliage and floriculture (11.5 percent), tomatoes (7.9 percent), and sugarcane (5.1 percent).

The leading livestock commodities were cattle and calves (6.9 percent), milk (4.9 percent of all cash receipts), and broilers (2.6 percent).

Cash receipts from citrus crops amounted to $1.44 billion dollars, a decrease of 13 percent from 2005. Sales of citrus commodities accounted for 20.7 percent of all sales in Florida. (Receipts for citrus are on a “delivered in” basis without discounting picking and hauling costs.)

Sales of grapefruit were down from $518 million in 2005 to $172 million in 2006. Sales for oranges, at $1.2 billion, increased 14 percent from the previous year.

Cash receipts from vegetable and melon crops amounted to $1.6 billion in 2006, down $275.3 million from 2005, and accounted for 22.5 percent of the total cash receipts. Only cucumbers, potatoes, and sweet corn cash receipts increased from the previous year.

Receipts of tomatoes, at $551 million, accounted for 35.1 percent of all vegetable and melon receipts and 7.9 percent of all cash receipts.

Receipts for field crops amounted to $499.1 million, down 13 percent from the previous year. Sugarcane, at $356.9 million, decreased 15 percent from 2005 and accounted for 72 percent of the field crop receipts and 5.1 percent of all cash receipts.

Receipts for corn, cotton, and hay increased, while peanuts, soybeans, tobacco, and wheat decreased.

Total cash receipts from livestock and livestock products were $1.3 billion, down 7 percent from the revised $1.4 billion cash receipts from the previous year. Livestock and livestock products accounted for 19 percent of Florida’s cash receipts.

Cattle and calves accounted for 37 percent of the total cash receipts in this category, followed by milk (26 percent) and broilers (14 percent).

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