Candi Erick, agricultural statistics administrator with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Florida Agricultural Statistics Service, issued the initial citrus crop forecast of the 2016-17 crop season. Florida non-Valencia oranges are forecast at 34 million boxes, down from 36.1 million boxes at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Valencia oranges were forecast at 36 million boxes, down from the 45.4 million boxes of the 2015-16 season. This brings the all-Florida orange forecast to 70 million boxes, which is down 14 percent from last season.
The grapefruit forecast is 9.6 million boxes, representing an 11 percent decline.
Tangerines and tangelos, which are being combined into one group this year, are forecast at 1.65 million boxes.
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