U.S. 2011-12 orange crop up 1% from last year

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — In its initial report for the 2011-12 season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast U.S. 2010-11 orange production at 8,988,000 tons (206 million boxes), up 1% from 8,857,000 tons in 2010-11.

The U.S.D.A. forecast Florida orange production at 6,615,000 tons (147 million 90-lb boxes), up 5% from 6,314,000 tons in 2010-11. The California crop was forecast at 2,300,000 tons (57.5 million 80-lb boxes), down 6.5% from 2,460,000 tons a year earlier.

Florida’s frozen concentrated orange juice yield was forecast at 1.60 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, up 1% from last season’s final yield of 1.59 gallons, the U.S.D.A. said.

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