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Winter Wheat Production Up 7 Percent from 2014
Orange Production Down 4 from April Forecast

Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.47 billion bushels, up 7 percent from 2014. As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 43.5 bushels per acre, up 0.9 bushel from last year.

Hard Red Winter production, at 853 million bushels, is up 16 percent from a year ago. Soft Red Winter, at 416 million bushels, is down 9 percent from2014. White Winter, at 203 million bushels, is up 10 percent from last year. Of the White Winter production, 11.5 million bushels are Hard White and b191 million bushels are Soft White.

The United States all orange forecast for the 2014-2015 season is b6.43 million tons, down 4 percent from the previous forecast and bdown 5 percent from the 2013-2014 final utilization. The Florida all orange bforecast, at 96.4 million boxes (4.34 million tons), is down 5 percent from the previous forecast and down 8 percent from last season's final butilization. Early, midseason, and Navel varieties in Florida are forecast at b47.4 million boxes (2.13 million tons), up 1 percent from the previous bforecast but down 11 percent last season's final utilization. The Florida bValencia orange forecast, at 49.0 million boxes (2.21 million tons), is down 11 percent from the previous forecast and down 5 percent from last bseason's final utilization. California and Texas orange production estimates were carried forward from the April 1 forecast.

Florida frozen concentrated orange juice (FCOJ) yield forecast for the b2014-2015 season is 1.49 gallons per box at 42.0 degrees Brix, down 3 percent from the April forecast and down 5 percent from last season's final yield of1.57 gallons per box. The non-Valencia portion is finalized at 1.42 gallons bper box, down 7 percent from last season's yield. The Valencia portion is bprojected at 1.60 gallons, down 3 percent from last month's forecast and bdown 3 percent from last season's final yield of 1.64 gallons per box. All bprojections of yield assume the processing relationships this season will be bbsimilar to those of the past several seasons.

Source: USDA

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