Planting Statistics

Compiled from Property Registrations as at 1 January 2013

Grower Database and Planting Statistics
The Board has been working with the Sunrise 21 Land Information System (SunLIS) towards the establishment of a common, interactive crop data base.  This is to be underpinned by scale corrected orthophoto maps complied from aerial photography, enabling the production of large scale property plans for growers and aggregated crop information for the horticultural industries in the region.  This project will serve as a pilot program for the system to be taken up on a national scale over time.

Information has been sourced from annual surveys conducted by the Board in conjunction with SunLIS.  Property plans are printed for each orchard owner on a yearly basis, with growers utilising their crop plans to plan future plantings etc.

Information Update
The information in this publication was sourced from grower planting surveys conducted by the Murray Valley Citrus Board and completed in January 2013.  The statistics are results of the analysis of the collected data.  All data is presented on a per hectare basis, assuming the average tree plantings of 417 trees per hectare.  The data has not been analysed for tree numbers at this present time.

Definition Category
The category is the main grouping of varieties.  It is a crop type, eg: Navel.  Sub Category is the breakdown of some categories for seasonal or physical differences purposes, eg: White and Red/Pink grapefruit or early or late season Navels.  The differences for season have been established from NSW Agriculture Maturity Seasonality for the Sunraysia regions.

The description of each specific type of planting, eg: Navelina.
Further Example

Category Sub Category Variety
Grapefruit Red/Pink Fleshed Grapefruit Star Ruby

Planted Trees
This is the age of the trees (scions, not rootstocks) that have not been reworked to a different variety.  Reworked, also known as ‘topworked’ are trees that have been grafted or budded to a different variety.  A comprehensive report on all varieties is available only for registered growers and Approved Receivers.  Copies may be obtained by contacting the Board office here.

MVCB Planting Statistics as at 1 January 2013


Murray Valley Citrus Board
Planting Statistics as at 1 January 2013
Variety Total Hectares Total Bearing Hectares Total Non Bearing Hectares
Navel – Early  993.00 882.90 110.10
Navel – Mid  702.40 648.40 54.00
Navel – Late  2205.00 2096.50 108.50
Navel – Misc. 47.80 45.10 2.70
TOTAL NAVEL 3948.20 3672.90 275.30
Valencia – Seeded 1029.10 996.20 32.90
Valencia – Seedless 41.40 18.20 23.20
TOTAL VALENCIA 1070.50 1014.40 56.10
Mandarin – Early 459.5 392.6 66.90
Mandarin – Mid 370.1 273.3 96.80
Mandarin – Late 36.2 34.8 1.40
Mandarin – Misc. 38.9 10 28.90
TOTAL MANDARIN 904.7 710.7 194.00
BLOOD ORANGE 28.80 23.90 4.90
Grapefruit – Red 44.90 38.60 6.30
Grapefrut – White 134.10 134.10 0.00
TOTAL GRAPEFRUIT 179.00 172.70 6.30
Lemon 120.90 101.50 19.40
Lemon – Seedless 6.75 0.00 6.75
TOTAL LEMON 127.65 101.50 26.15
LIME 23.60 3.80 19.80
TANGELO 66.40 66.40 0.00
UNSPECIFIED 334.10 199.30 134.80
TOTAL PLANTINGS 6682.95 5965.60 717.35
Source: Murray Valley Citrus Board Annual Property Registrations  

* Properties that have not specified variety of citrus plantings
The above Planting Statistics lists all the Sub Categories from the MVCB plantings database.

Sub Categories by Maturity
The following sub categories have been developed to break down the seasonality of different varieties.  The separation has been established from published seasonality charts produced by NSW Agriculture for the Sunraysia region.  These are guidelines as maturity varies from season to season.

Mid season mandarins mature prior to the middle of May, while late season mandarins mature later than May.

Early season Navels mature prior to the middle of May, with mid season Navels maturing between the middle of May and July.  Late season Navels mature from July on wards.  Some regions separate Navels into winter and summer sub categories.  Winter Navels can be calculated by adding early and mid season Navel sub-categories together, while summer Navels are the same as late season Navels.

Sub Categories by Physical Appearance
The following sub categories were used to separate varieties that are the same category, but have significant physical differences, or are aimed at different principle markets.  Grapefruit have an obvious physical difference between white and pink/red fleshed grapefruit.  Valencias have not so obvious differences between seeded and seedless varieties.  Seeded Valencias are primarily produced for juice production, although a significant amount is also sold on the fresh fruit market.

Further enquiries in regard to the planting database should be directed to the Murray Valley Citrus Board on 03 5051 0500, or email

MVCB Varietal Planting Statistics 31 January 2010
MVCB Planting Statistics Citrus Orchards by Size 31 January 2010
MVCB Varietal Planting Statistics 1 January 2011
MVCB Planting Statistics Citrus Orchards by Size 1 January 2011
MVCB Varietal Planting Statistics 1 January 2012
MVCB Planting Statistics Citrus Orchards by Size 1 January 2012

Murray Valley Citrus Board
2013 Planting Statistics by Orchard Size
Orchards in Group % Total Orchards Area Range per Hectare
55 7.63% Under .25
111.00 43.13% .25 to 5
132.00 18.31% 5 to 10
144.00 19.97% 10 to 20
41.00 5.69% 20 to 30
21.00 2.91% 30 to 40
6.00 0.83% 40 to 50
5.00 0.69% 50 to 60
2.00 0.28% 60 to 70
1.00 0.14% 70 to 80
2.00 0.28% 80 to 90
1.00 0.14% 90 to 100
0.00 0% Over 100
Includes orchards with under 150 trees,
and orchards from the Wangaratta area

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