U.S.D.A. raises orange crop forecast 1% from March

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its April Crop Production report raised its forecast of 2009-10 U.S. and Florida all orange production by 1% from March.

U.S. all orange production was forecast at 8,203,000 tons (192,200,000 boxes) as of April 1, up 102,000 tons (2,613,000 boxes) from 8,101,000 tons (189,587,000 boxes) in March but down 10% from downwardly revised 2008-09 production of 9,128,000 tons (210,709,000 boxes) in 2008-09.

Florida all orange outturn was forecast at 5,922,000 tons (131,600,000 boxes), up from 5,895,000 tons (131,000,000 boxes) in March but down 19% from an upwardly revised 7,313,000 tons (162,500,000 boxes) a year ago. The Florida frozen concentrated orange juice yield was forecast at 1.56 gallons per box at 42 degrees Brix, up 2% from March but down 6% from 1.66 gallons in 2008-09.

The trade had expected the Florida all orange forecast to be unchanged to up slightly from March.

California all orange production was forecast at 2,213,000 tons (59,000,000 boxes, up 4% from the previous forecast of 2,138,000 tons (57,000,000 boxes) and up 27% from the downwardly revised 2008-09 crop of 1,744,000 tons (46,500,000 boxes).

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