ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. orange crop is expected to be 10 percent smaller than last season's yield.

Estimates released Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture put the overall U.S. orange crop at 8.25 million tons, down 10 percent from last season's final count.

If the estimate holds true, the 2009-2010 orange crop will be 18 percent smaller than two seasons ago.

In Florida, the nation's largest producer, the crop is expected to be down 16 percent from last season. Below-average rainfall and freezing temperatures earlier this year are to blame.

The California orange crop is expected to be up 13 percent from last season. In Texas, orange production is expected to be down 1 percent.

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