Orange Production Forecast Dips

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts this year’s total orange production will be 5% lower than last year and 2 million boxes fewer than February’s prediction, according to the agency’s National Agriculture Statistics Service’s report on Friday.

Total orange production is predicted to be down 1% from February's forecast*, with grapefruit production down 6%, Valencia orange production down 4% and tangerine and tangelo production unchanged.<

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