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US (CA): Navel orange forecast slightly down

The latest Navel orange forecast for California's 2013-2014 season has production down slightly from last year's output.

According to the objective measurement report from the California Agricultural Statistics Service, the 2013-2014 Navel orange forecast for the State is two percent lower than last year's production. At an estimated 88 million cartons, it predicts this season's output will be slightly lower than last year's production.

For the Central Valley, where the majority of the state's Navel orange production is located, fruit set per tree is estimated at 265, which is below the five-year average of 315. Average diameter of fruit measurements point to fruit sizes that are the largest the State's growers have had since the 2004-2005 season.

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