Lemon forecast unchanged

The 2006-07 lemon forecast is 33.0 million cartons, unchanged from the March forecast, but 21 percent below last season. Recovery to citrus trees affected by the January freeze continued, though flowering and fruit set appeared to be lost for next year's crop in parts of Imperial County.

Packinghouses exhausted their lemon supplies in the desert areas of California. Elsewhere, lemons were still being picked and packed, though volumes from the Central Valley were low. Inventories in the south coastal regions of the state were also low, but more supplies will be available as harvest gains momentum in that part of California. Quality of south coastal lemons was reportedly excellent in a variety of sizes; however, volumes were somewhat lighter than the previous season.

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