(June 11) LAKELAND, Fla. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture revised its 2002-03 Florida orange crop forecast June 11, adding 1 million boxes to bring the total estimate to 201 million boxes.
The increase was because of an increase in valencia yield by 1 million to 89 million boxes. The estimate was changed because of the number of valencia groves that have not been harvested.
The grapefruit estimate dropped 300,000 to 38.7 million boxes because of unharvested fruit that won’t be picked.
Tangelos remain constant at 2.35 million boxes, as do temples at 1.3 million boxes.
Tangerines increased 100,000 boxes to 5.5 million boxes.
Roughly 5% of Florida citrus products go to fresh market.