(July 14) Florida growers produced 169.7 million boxes of oranges during 2007-2008, according to the final citrus report of the season from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The crop represents a 32% increase from the previous season.

The 169.7 million boxes are made up of 83.5 million boxes of early-mids and navels and 86.2 million boxes of valencias.

In a news release, Michael W. Sparks, executive vice president/chief executive officer of Lakeland-based Florida Citrus Mutual, said, "This was a pretty good rebound year for the Florida citrus industry coming off the hurricanes."