U.S. 2010-11 orange crop down 1% from January

by Ron Sterk
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WASHINGTON — U.S. 2010-11 orange production was forecast at 8,700,000 tons (200 million boxes), down 1% from the January forecast but up 6% from 8,201,000 tons (192 million boxes) in 2009-10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its Feb. 9 Crop Production report.

The U.S.D.A. forecast Florida orange production at 6,210,000 tons (138 million 90-lb boxes), down 1% from the forecast in January but up 3% from 6,012,000 tons (134 million 90-lb boxes) in 2009-10. The estimates were based on conditions as of Feb. 1, 2011.

Florida’s frozen concentrated orange juice yield was forecast at 1.57 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, down 2% from January but up 1% from last season’s final yield of 1.56 gallons per box, the U.S.D.A. said.

The California orange crop was forecast at 2,420,000 tons (61 million 80-lb boxes), unchanged from the January forecast but up 14% from 2,119,000 tons (57 million 75-lb boxes) a year ago.

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