LAKELAND, Fla. - Florida isn't seeing a change in its orange crop from the previous month. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its May forecast Tuesday for the 2009-2010 season, showing no change to the 131.6 million box crop.
The early and midseason orange crop remained unchanged at 68.6 million boxes while Valencia oranges stayed at 63 million boxes. The head of Florida Citrus Mutual says it's been a good season for Florida citrus growers, with another another quality crop of healthy citrus. The grapefruit estimate increased 800,000 boxes to 19.8 million.
The tangelo estimate stayed at 900,000 boxes while tangerines increased 400,000 boxes to 4.5 million. Florida is the nation's largest orange producer. The bulk of the state's fruit is used to make orange juice.