U.S. 2012-13 orange crop down slightly from January

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast U.S. 2012-13 orange production at 8,789,000 tons (202 million boxes), down 45,000 tons, or less than 1%, from 8,834,000 tons forecast in January and down 228,000 tons, or 2.5%, from 9,017,000 tons in 2011-12.

The U.S.D.A. forecast Florida orange production at 6,345,000 tons (141 million 90-lb boxes), down 1% from the January forecast of 6,390,000 tons and down 252,000 tons, or 4%, from 6,597,000 tons in 2011-12. The California crop was forecast at 2,380,000 tons (59.5 million 80-lb boxes), unchanged from January but up about 1% from 2,360,000 tons a year earlier. Texas orange production was forecast at 64,000 tons, also unchanged from January but up 4,000 tons from 60,000 tons a year earlier.

Florida’s frozen concentrated orange juice yield was forecast at 1.62 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, up 1% from 1.61 gallons per box forecast in January but down 1% from last season’s final yield of 1.63 gallons, the U.S.D.A. said.
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