California orange crop forecast up 5% from October

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the 2016-2017 California navel orange forecast is 44 million boxes, up 5 percent from the October forecast, and down 3 percent from last season's crop.

The navel orange harvest began in late October. The 2016-2017 Valencia orange forecast is nine million boxes, up 6 percent from the October forecast, and up 3 percent from last season’s crop.

Navel oranges make up 73,980 acres in Tulare County. Valencia’s make up about 14,000 acres. The total value of the crops is $819,134,000.

source: visaliatimesdelta.com

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