WASHINGTON — U.S. 2010-11 orange production was forecast at 8,905,000 tons (205 million boxes), up 1% from 8,840,000 tons forecast in March and up 8% from an upwardly revised 8,244,000 tons (193 million boxes) in 2009-10, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its April 8 Crop Production report.
The U.S.D.A. forecast Florida orange production at 6,390,000 tons (142 million 90-lb boxes), unchanged from the March forecast but up 6% from a revised 6,017,000 tons (134 million boxes) in 2009-10. The estimates were based on conditions as of April 1, 2011.
Florida’s frozen concentrated orange juice yield was forecast at 1.58 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, up from 1.57 forecast in March and up 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 2,440,000 tons (61 million 80-lb boxes), up 3% from 2,380,000 tons forecast in March and up 6% from an upwardly revised 2,157,000 tons (57.5 million 75-lb boxes) a year ago.
U.S. lemon production was forecast at 940,000 tons (23.5 million 80-lb boxes), unchanged from the previous forecast but up 7% from 2009-10.