Vegetables April 2010

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This full-text report, issued 5 times a year, provides data on fresh market vegetables, strawberries and melons, including area harvested, prospective area, yield, and production, by season and crop for major States. Includes bell peppers; broccoli; cabbage; cantaloupe; carrots; cauliflower; celery; cucumbers; eggplant; escarole/endive; head lettuce; honeydews; snap beans; spinach; spring and summer onions; strawberries; spring season acres for harvest for asparagus; strawberries; summer non-storage onions; summer season acres for harvest for snap beans; sweet corn; tomatoes; watermelons.

The prospective area for harvest of 11 selected fresh market vegetables during the spring quarter is forecast at 199,100 acres, up 1 percent from last year. Acreage increases for snap beans, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet corn, and cucumbers more than offset acreage declines for broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Celery and head lettuce area remains unchanged. Melon acreage for spring harvest is forecast at 74,050 acres, up 6 percent from last year. Honeydew and watermelon acreages are up 5 percent, and 14 percent, respectively, from 2009. Cantaloup acreage is down 5 percent from last year. Asparagus area for spring harvest is forecast at 28,300 acres, down 3 percent from last year. Strawberry area for harvest is forecast at 48,300 acres, down 4 percent from a year ago.