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13 June 2012

USDA Crop Production - 13 June 2012USDA Crop Production - 13 June 2012

Winter wheat production is down 1 percent from May and orange production is up 1 percent from May.
USDA Crop Production Report

Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.68 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the May 1 forecast but 13 percent above 2011. Based on June 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 47.3 bushels per acre, down 0.3 bushel from last month but 1.1 bushels more than last year. Expected area for harvest as grain or seed totals 35.6 million acres, unchanged from May 1.

Hard Red Winter, at 1.02 billion bushels, is down 1 percent from a month ago. Soft Red Winter production is up slightly from last month and now totals 428 million bushels. White Winter production totals 231 million bushels, down 1 percent from last month. Of this total, 14.1 million bushels are Hard White and 217 million bushels are Soft White.

The United States all orange forecast for the 2011-2012 season is 8.96 million tons, up 1 percent from both the May 1 forecast and the 2010-2011 final utilization. The Florida all orange forecast, at 146 million boxes (6.58 million tons), is up 1 percent from the May 1 forecast and up 4 percent from last season’s final utilization. Early, midseason, and Navel varieties in Florida are forecast at 74.2 million boxes (3.34 million tons), unchanged from the May 1 forecast but up 6 percent from last season. The Florida Valencia orange forecast, at 72.0 million boxes (3.24 million tons), is up 1 percent from the May 1 forecast and up 3 percent from the 2010-2011 crop. Harvest of Valencia oranges in Florida is ahead of last year. Drought conditions improved in May due to significant rainfall. California and Texas production forecasts are carried forward from April.

Florida frozen concentrated orange juice (FCOJ) yield forecast for the 2011-2012 season is 1.63 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, up 1 percent from the May forecast and up 3 percent from last season’s final yield of 1.59 gallons per box. The early-midseason portion is final at 1.53 gallons per box, up 1 percent from last season’s yield. The Valencia portion is projected at 1.74 gallons per box, 5 percent higher than last year’s final yield of 1.66 gallons per box. All projections of yield assume the processing relationships this season will be similar to those of the past several seasons.

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