Texas orange crop smaller but sweeter

11/11/2011 12:17:00 PM
Tom Burfield

While volume predictions may be down from last year, Walsh pointed out that volume depends on more than just the number of oranges on the trees.

Size and quality also affect volume. If the product does not meet the federal marketing order criteria, it will go to the processing market, pulling down the fresh volume.

In mid-October, he said the fruit sizes were on the small size, but as they grow, the box count will increase.

The fact that the Texas crop is off a bit could push prices a little higher than normal, Martin said. Florida could have a very good crop, though, pulling prices down a little, he said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture was reporting f.o.b.s on 7/10 bushel cartons of Texas navels of $13.25-15.25 for 56s, 64s and 72s and $12.35-13.25 on 88s the week of Nov. 7.


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