Winter Wheat Production Down 9 Percent from 2013
Orange Production Up Slightly from April Forecast
Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.40 billion bushels, down 9 percent from 2013. As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 43.1 bushels per acre, down 4.3 bushels from last year.
Hard Red Winter production, at 746 million bushels, is up slightly from a year ago. Soft Red Winter, at 447 million bushels, is down 21 percent from 2013. White Winter, at 209 million bushels, is down 7 percent from a year ago. Of the
White Winter production, 10.9 million bushels are Hard White and 198 million bushels are Soft White.
The United States all orange forecast for the 2013-2014 season is 7.21 million tons, up slightly from the previous forecast but down 13 percent from the 2012-2013 final utilization. The Florida all orange forecast, at 110 million boxes (4.96 million tons), is up slightly from the previous forecast but down 17 percent from last season’s final utilization. Early, midseason, and Navel varieties in Florida are forecast at 53.3 million boxes (2.40 million tons), up 1 percent from the previous forecast but down 21 percent from last season. The Florida Valencia orange forecast, at 57.0 million boxes(2.57 million tons), is unchanged from the previous forecast but down 14 percent from last season’s final utilization. California and Texas production forecasts are carried forward from April.
Florida frozen concentrated orange juice (FCOJ) yield forecast for the 2013-2014 season is 1.58 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, down 1 percent from the April forecast and down 1 percent from last season’s final yield of 1.59 gallons per box. The early-midseason portion is projected at 1.52 gallons per box, up 1 percent from last season’s yield of 1.51 gallons per box. The Valencia portion is projected at 1.64 gallons per box, down 3 percent from last year’s final yield. All projections of yield assume the processing relationships this season will be similar to those of the past several seasons.