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

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its July 11 Crop Production report estimated U.S. 2012-13 orange production at 8,380,000 tons (193 million boxes), down slightly from the June forecast of 8,417,000 tons and down 622,000 tons, or 7%, from 9,002,000 tons in 2011-12.

The U.S.D.A. forecast Florida orange production at 6,004,000 tons (133 million 90-lb boxes), down slightly from 6,030,000 in June and down 598,000 tons, or 9%, from 6,602,000 tons in 2011-12. The California crop was forecast at 2,300,000 tons (58 million 80-lb boxes), down 1% from the prior forecast and down 2% from 2,340,000 tons in 2011-12. Texas orange production was forecast at 76,000 tons, up 13% from the previous forecast and up 27% 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, unchanged from June but down 2% from last season’s final yield of 1.63 gallons, the U.S.D.A. said.

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By James 7/29/2013 12:49:22 PM
If your'e an orange supplier and have good looking oranges, please contact price chopper, and hy-vee in KC, as a consumer I've noticed they are in need. Thanks.

By james 7/29/2013 12:45:25 PM
I'm disappointed in the orange selection at grocery stores here in Kansas City this summer(2013). They seem to be smaller than normal, yellowish-orange (more that i've ever noticed before in past years), and not very sweet either. Its difficult to find a great looking large orange except for at "whole foods" where they are 1.00 to 2.00 dollars a piece "very" expensive. Some grocers are not even carrying oranges right now. Its the middle of summer. What's goin' on?