The U.S. Department of Food and Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service announced last week
>The United States all orange forecast for the 2016-2017 season is 5.16 million tons, down 3 percent from last month and down 13 percent from the 2015-2016 final utilization.
>The Florida all orange forecast, at 67.0 million boxes (3.02 million tons), is down 4 percent from last month and down 18 percent from last season’s final utilization.
>The California Valencia orange forecast is 7.80 million boxes (312,000 tons), down 13 percent from previous forecast and down 10 percent from the previous season. This results in a California all orange forecast of 51.8 million boxes (2.07 million tons), down 2 percent from the previous forecast and down 4 percent from last season’s final utilization.
Objective survey measurements taken during January and February indicated that fruit set per tree was lower than the previous year and the lowest since 2009.