Courtesy Agricultural Research ServiceUnusually high fruit drop appears to have subsided, at least for the moment, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Florida orange forecast remains unchanged from April to May.
In its monthly report, the USDA forecast a non-valencia crop of 67 million 90-pound boxes for May, the same as in April.
That compares with its original forecast of 74.2 million boxes at the start of the season in October 2012.
Valencia oranges remained unchanged at 71 million boxes in May. At the start of the season, the USDA forecast 72.5 million boxes.
Altogether, the USDA forecast a Florida orange crop of 138 million boxes in May, compared with its original forecast of 146.7 million boxes at the start of the season in October 2012.
The grapefruit estimate actually increased to 18.3 million 85-pound boxes in May from 17 million boxes in April.
The 2011-12 Florida grapefruit crop ended up at 18.8 million boxes.