Navel volume down slightly, size up this season

10/24/2013 03:49:00 PM
Tom Burfield

“The quality looks excellent right now on the trees — better size at this time compared to last year,” he said in late September. “Overall, it looks like a healthy crop.”

Stone said there could be some odd-shaped oranges showing up early in the season.

The beck variety typically has a unique shape, but this year it could be more oblong than normal.

It’s unknown why the unusual shape is appearing this year or how much of the fruit growers will be able to pack, he said.

“It seems to be an industrywide issue.”

The beck is a clean variety and one of the best-eating of the early navels, he said.

Senn also said recent freezes in Chile and South Africa could put a dent in early table grape supplies, which might mean more space for U.S. citrus on produce department shelves.


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