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ISSN: 1936-3737

Released April 9, 2015, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service
(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of
Agriculture (USDA).

Orange Production Up Slightly from March Forecast

The United States all orange forecast for the 2014-2015 season is
6.68 million tons, up slightly from the previous forecast but down 1 percent
from the revised 2013-2014 final utilization. The Florida all orange
forecast, at 102 million boxes (4.59 million tons), is unchanged from the
previous forecast but down 3 percent from last season’s revised final
utilization. Early, midseason, and Navel varieties in Florida are forecast at
47.0 million boxes (2.12 million tons), unchanged from the previous forecast
but down 12 percent last season’s final utilization. The Florida Valencia
orange forecast, at 55.0 million boxes (2.48 million tons), is unchanged from
the previous forecast but up 7 percent from last season’s revised final
utilization.

The California Valencia orange forecast is 10.0 million boxes (400,000 tons),
unchanged from the previous forecast but down 7 percent from last season’s
revised final utilization. The California Navel orange forecast is
40.0 million boxes (1.60 million tons), unchanged from the previous forecast
but up 3 percent from last season’s revised final utilization. The Texas all
orange forecast, at 2.18 million boxes (93,000 tons), is up 8 percent from
the previous forecast and up 23 percent from last season’s final utilization.

Florida frozen concentrated orange juice (FCOJ) yield forecast for the
2014-2015 season is 1.54 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, down 1 percent
from the March forecast and down 2 percent from last season’s final yield of
1.57 gallons per box. The non-Valencia portion is finalized at 1.42 gallons
per box, down 2 percent from last month and down 7 percent from last season’s
yield. The Valencia portion is projected at 1.65 gallons, unchanged from last
month’s forecast but up slightly from last season’s final yield of 1.64
gallons per box. All projections of yield assume the processing relationships
this season will be similar to those of the past several seasons.

This report was approved on April 9, 2015.

Secretary of Agriculture
Designate
Karis T. Gutter

Agricultural Statistics Board
Chairperson
James M. Harris

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