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USDA holds steady on 2016-17 Florida orange crop estimate

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday the 2016-17 Florida orange crop estimate remained at 72 million boxes. During the 2015-16 season, Florida produced 81.6 million boxes of oranges.

In the new estimate, Valencia oranges totaled 36 million boxes as did early and mid-season varieties.

"In these challenging times stability is a good thing so I am encouraged that the number held," Michael W. Sparks, executive vice president and chief executive officer of Florida Citrus Mutual, said in a press release. "We have the best growers in the world and they continue to produce a quality crop even faced with immense disease pressure from HLB, or citrus greening."

The USDA's December report pegged the 2016-17 Florida grapefruit crop at 9.3 million boxes, down 300,000 boxes. The specialty citrus forecast is 1.5 million boxes. The yield for frozen concentrate orange juice is 1.44 gallons per 90-pound box.

The Florida citrus industry creates a $10.8 billion annual economic impact, employing nearly 62,000 people and covering about 500,000 acres.