In its sixth crop forecast for the 2006-07 season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture decreased Florida's total orange crop by 8 million boxes to 132 million boxes, according to a news release from Florida Citrus Mutual, Lakeland.

Estimates for early and midseason varieties decreased by 7.35 million boxes, with a decline in navels contributing the remaining 650,000 boxes. Valencias, however, held steady at 65 million boxes.

A Feb. 28 row-count survey showed harvest is nearly complete. The number of trees is decreasing, but fruit per tree has not been affected, according to the survey.

Other changes include:

  • Grapefruit increased 2 million boxes to 28 million boxes
  • Honey tangerines increased 200,000 boxes to 2.4 million boxes
  • Tangelos increased 50,000 boxes to 1.25 million boxes