The United States Department of Agriculture issued its initial 2013-2014 Florida citrus crop forecast Nov. 8, placing the orange crop at 125 million boxes, down six percent from last season. Florida produced 133.6 million boxes of oranges during 2012-2013.
The government agency estimated early-mid varieties at 58 million, down from 67.1 million at the end of last season, while the Valencia orange total is at 67 million boxes, compared to 66.5 million in 2012-2013. If realized, this would be the lowest production since the freeze-affected 1989-1990 season.
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