California Navel orange crop slightly lowerCalifornia Navel orange crop slightly lower
2013-2014 California Navel orange crop forecast at 2 percent less at 88 million cartons, according to NASS.Average fruit diameter was 2.338 inches Sept. 1.Central Valley estimate is 85 million cartons.
September 16, 2013
The initial 2013-14 California Navel orange forecast is 88.0 million cartons, down 2 percent from the previous season, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Survey data indicated a fruit set per tree of 265, below the five-year average of 315.
The average Sept. 1 fruit diameter was 2.338, above the five-year average of 2.244, and the largest since the 2004-2005 season.
Of the total Navel orange forecast, 85.0 million cartons are estimated in the Central Valley.
The varieties forecast in this report include conventional, organic, and specialty Navel oranges, including Cara Cara and Blood orange varieties.
This forecast is based on the results of the 2013-14 Navel Orange Objective Measurement Survey conducted from July 13 - Sept. 2.
Estimated fruit set per tree, fruit diameter, trees per acre, bearing acreage, and oranges per carton were used in the statistical models estimating production. \
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