Navel orange crop shapes up just right for growers - The Packer

Navel orange crop shapes up just right for growers

10/26/2009 11:39:50 AM
Tom Burfield

Crown Jewels, which also ships lemons and specialty citrus, expects to pack up to 1 million cartons of citrus this season.

Cecelia Packing Corp., Orange Cove, expected to start picking navels by the week of Oct. 19 and packing by the week of Oct. 26, said sales manager Randy Jacobsen.

The actual start date is determined by how soon the fruit starts to color up, and that is affected by nighttime temperatures, he said.

“Sugar is not an issue,” he added.

He expected good sizing this season — “definitely larger than last season” — and said the company’s volume should be up as much as 12%.

Sun World International Inc., Bakersfield, was gearing up for a small, short navel deal with the fukumoto variety starting in nearby Arvin in late October and running through November, said Gene Coughlin, category manager.

The crop appeared to be on schedule and no quality problems were evident, he said in mid-September.

Moonlight Packing expects to kick off its season the first week of November, on schedule, and Tavlan said in September that sizing looked better than average and the quality of the fruit looks fine.

From the industry’s standpoint, he said, the crop should be a manageable one.


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