(May 15) The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decreased its forecast for Florida’s 2006-2007 citrus crop, according to a news release from Florida Citrus Mutual, Lakeland.

Colored grapefruit was reduced 500,000 boxes to 17.5 million boxes, while white grapefruit was reduced 500,000 boxes to 9.5 million boxes.

“The estimate now more adequately reflects the actual harvest numbers year-to-date,” Michael W. Sparks, executive vice president/chief executive officer of Florida Citrus Mutual, said in the release.

The orange crop was reduced by 100,000 boxes. Early-mids accounted for the full reduction ending at 62.75 million boxes.

Navels and valencias remained unchanged at 2.85 million and 65 million boxes respectively.