U.S. orange crop forecast up 1% from June

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its July Crop Production report forecast 2008-09 U.S. all orange production at 9,355,000 tons (216.8 million boxes) as of July 1, up 1% from its June forecast but 7% below last year.

California’s all orange crop was forecast at 1,988,000 tons (53 million 75-lb boxes), unchanged from the June forecast but down 15% from 2007-08. California’s Valencia orange production was forecast at 563,000 tons (15 million boxes), unchanged from June but down 12% from the previous year. Early, midseason and navel orange production in the state was forecast at 1,425,000 tons (38 million boxes), unchanged from June but down 16% from 2007-08.

Florida 2008-09 orange production was forecast at 7,295,000 tons (162.1 million 90-lb boxes) up 2% from the June forecast but down 5% from 2007-08. Florida’s early, midseason and navel production was forecast at 3,807,000 tons (84.6 million boxes), unchanged from June but up 1% from the previous year. Valencia production was forecast at 3,488,000 tons (77.5 million boxes), was up 3% from the previous forecast but 11% below the previous year.

Florida’s frozen concentrated orange juice yield for 2008-09 was forecast at 1.66 gallons per box at 42 degrees Brix, unchanged from the June forecast but down 1% from 2007-2008.

Most of California’s crop is utilized as fresh oranges while most of Florida’s crop is made into juice.

U.S. lemon production for 2008-09 was forecast at 931,000 tons (24.5 million 76-lb boxes), up 14% from June and up 50% from last year.

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