(Oct. 12) LAKELAND, Fla. — Coming back from last year’s devastating hurricanes, the Sunshine State is expected to produce more citrus this season but far fewer oranges and grapefruit than in normal production years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated this season’s orange crop at 190 million boxes Oct. 12. The estimate is 27% higher than last season but 15.6% below the five-year average of 225.2 million boxes produced from 2000 to 2004.

Grapefruit production is forecast at 24 million boxes, 88% higher than last season but 46.7% lower than the five-year average of 45.1 million boxes.

For grapefruit, 17 million boxes are expected to be colored varieties while 7 million boxes are expected to be white.

For early, midseason and navel varieties, the state should produce 93 million boxes, 18% more than in 2004-05. Valencias are estimated to come in at 97 million boxes, 38% higher than last season.

In specialty fruit, tangerines are estimated at 6 million boxes, 35% higher than last season, with tangelos at 1.4 million boxes, down 10% from last year.

While 95% of Florida’s oranges go to processing, about half of the state’s grapefruit enters the fresh market.