USDA boosts Florida non-Valencia orange estimate slightly

05/10/2012 02:44:00 PM
Citrus + Vegetable Magazine Staff

trailer full of orangesCourtesy Florida Department of CitrusThe May USDA crop estimate puts the Florida non-Valencia crop at 74.2 million boxes, up 200,000 boxes from April.The U.S. Department of Agriculture has increased the number of non-Valencia oranges it expects Florida's growers to harvest this season by 200,000 90-pound boxes.

The May citrus estimate now puts the 2011-12 non-Valencia crop at 74.2 million boxes; the Valencia estimate remains unchanged at 71 million boxes.

If the predictions hold, the 2011-12 non-Valencia crop should end up about 4 million boxes greater than last season, according to the USDA survey.

Nearly all of the non-Valencia crop had been harvested by early May, while about 75 percent of the Valencia crop had been picked.

The estimated frozen concentrated orange juice yield from the entire orange crop dropped slightly to 1.61 gallons per box of 42 degrees Brix from 1.62 gallons per box in April.

The Valencia prediction is for 1.71 gallons per box, down from 1.72 gallons per box in April.

Grapefruit production remains unchanged from the April estimate of 18.8 million 85-pound boxes.

The tangerine estimate remains unchanged at 4.3 million boxes as did the tangelo estimate of 1.15 million boxes.

The USDA will issue its next estimate on June 12.

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