Almost 9 million tons of U.S. oranges are expected to be shipped in 2010-11, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

About 8.91 tons are expected, 8% above the 2009-10 total and 1% higher than the March 1 forecast, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s April 8 Crop Production report.

Florida is expected to produce 142 million boxes, 6% more than in 2009-10. Of those, 70 million are expected to navels, 2% more than last year. Valencias should account for about 72 million, up 11% from 2009-10.

California is expected to ship about 61 million boxes, 6% more than last year and 3% more than the March 1 forecast. Navels should account for about 48 million boxes, 13% more than in 2009-10. About 13 million boxes of valencias are expected, 13% than last year.

The report also includes information on other citrus varieties and on citrus from other U.S. growing regions.