More apples, oranges and pears expected for 2011

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U.S. apple, orange, pear and lemon production should be up in 2011, but fewer grapes, peaches and grapefruit are expected.

About 9.5 billion pounds of apples are expected to be produced in the U.S. in 2011, 2% more than in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Aug. 11 Crop Production report.

Domestic orange production is projected to increase from 8,244 tons in 2010 to 8,778 tons in 2011. About 888 tons of pears are expected in 2011, up from 814 tons. Lemon production is slated to rise from 882 to 940 tons.

U.S. grape production is expected to fall from 7,414 tons to 7,189 tons. Peach volumes are projected to drop from 1,150 to 1,129 tons, with grapefruit volumes dropping slightly, from 1,238 to 1,230 tons.

source:  USDA

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