U.S. 2011-12 orange crop up 3% from last year

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — U.S. 2011-12 orange production was forecast at 9,123,000 tons (209 million boxes), up 2% from the initial forecast of 8,988,000 tons in October and up 3% from 8,857,000 tons in 2010-11, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its December Crop Production report.

The U.S.D.A. forecast Florida orange production at 6,750,000 tons (150 million 90-lb boxes), up 2% from 6,615,000 tons forecast in October and up 7% from 6,314,000 tons in 2010-11. The California crop was forecast at 2,300,000 tons (57.5 million 80-lb boxes), carried forward from the previous forecast and 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, unchanged from the prior forecast in October and up 1% from last season’s final yield of 1.59 gallons, the U.S.D.A. said.

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