November 14, 2013

California Crops Production Update

The USDA NASS, Pacific Regional Office released the crop production forecast for November 2013. The latest survey, conducted during the last week of October and the first week of November, included the following commodities:


The 2013-14 California orange crop is forecast at 113 million cartons. California’s Navel orange forecast is 88.0 million cartons. The 2013-14 Navel orange harvest is underway with growers expecting large, good quality fruit. California’s Valencia orange forecast is 25.0 million cartons


All rice production in California is forecast at 46.7 million cwt. for 2013, up 4 percent from the previous year. The yield forecast is 8,400 pounds per acre and the harvested acreage is estimated at 556 thousand. Harvest began during the middle of September and is ongoing.

Sugar Beets

California sugar beet production is forecast at 1.1 million tons, up 2 percent from the 2012 crop. Harvested acreage is estimated at 24.5 thousand and the yield forecast is 45.0 tons per acre.


Fall potatoes harvest in California is forecast at 4.03 million cwt., up 3 percent from a year ago. Harvested acreage is estimated at 8.3 thousand and the yield forecast is 485 cwt. per acre.

Production forecasts are released on a monthly basis and do not reflect final production estimates. Late fall harvests may change these forecasts. The next production forecast will be issued December 10, 2013.