Jugos, bebidas, vinos y licoresAgo. 17, 2012
Naranjas/EE.UU: cosecha 2012/13 crecería entre 7 y 13%
Florida’s 2012-2013 orange crop looks to be between 7-13% bigger than last season’s volumes -still small enough to ensure profitable prices for the state’s growers.
Orlando citrus consultant Elizabeth Steger released her estimate of the new orange crop Thursday, putting it at 156.7 million boxes, or 10.2 million more boxes than 2011-12 production.
Winter Garden-based Louis Dreyfus Citrus Inc. also released its estimate of 165 million boxes.
If these estimates are close to reality then its indicates that Florida has recovered from hurricane damage experienced in 2004 and 2005.
Florida citrus officials widely consider the Steger and Dreyfus forecasts as the first authoritative estimates of the new orange crop. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will release its first official citrus crop estimate Oct. 11, around the time the first harvesting begins.
The gap between the Steger and Dreyfus estimates could put more uncertainty into negotiations between growers and processors who buy around 95% of the total crop.
Publication date: 8/17/2012