The initial 2013-14 California Navel orange forecast is 88.0 million cartons, down 2 percent from the previous season, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Survey data indicated a fruit set per tree of 265, below the five-year average of 315. The average Sept. 1 fruit diameter was 2.338, above the five-year average of 2.244, and the largest since the 2004-2005 season. Of the total Navel orange forecast, 85.0 million cartons are estimated in the ...

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