U.S. 2012-13 orange crop down 2% from May

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its June 12 Crop Production report forecast U.S. 2012-13 orange production at 8,417,000 tons (194 million boxes), down 2% from the May forecast and down 585,000 tons, or 6%, from 9,002,000 tons in 2011-12.

The U.S.D.A. forecast Florida orange production at 6,030,000 tons (134 million 90-lb boxes), down 3% from May and down 572,000 tons, or 9%, from 6,602,000 tons in 2011-12. The California crop was forecast at 2,320,000 tons (58 million 80-lb boxes), unchanged from the prior forecast and down 1% from 2,340,000 tons in 2011-12. Texas orange production was forecast at 67,000 tons, unchanged from the previous forecast and up 7,000 tons from 60,000 tons a year earlier.

Florida’s frozen concentrated orange juice yield was forecast at 1.59 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, down 1% from May and down 2% from last season’s final yield of 1.63 gallons, the U.S.D.A. said.

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