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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

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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. 

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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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