Orange crop forecast to rise 10% from last year

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — In its initial report for the 2010-11 season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast U.S. 2010-11 orange production at 9,062,000 tons (208 million boxes), up 10% from 2009-10 but down 1% from 2008-09.

The U.S.D.A. forecast Florida orange production at 6,570,000 tons (146 million 90-lb boxes), up 9% from 2009-10. The California crop was forecast at 2,420,000 tons (60.5 million 80-lb boxes), up 14% from a year ago.

Florida’s frozen concentrated orange juice yield was forecast at 1.61 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, up 3% from last season’s final yield of 1.56 gallons, the U.S.D.A. said.

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