Fewer citrus crops expected this season

Crop disease has made prediction more difficult

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has predicted a lower citrus forecast this season.

Agriculture officials said that Florida will produce an estimated 142 million boxes of citrus during the 2012-2013 growing season. A three percent decrease from the previous season.

Officials also said that forecasting this year's rainfall and disease has made crop prediction more difficult.

Valencia oranges will drop 3 million boxes down to just 76 million boxes total. Early-to-mid season oranges will decrease by 1 million, to just 66 million boxes total.

A box of oranges weigh just around 90 pounds.