Vegetables September 2010
Contracted Processing Production Down 9 Percent from Last Year
Asparagus Production Down 18 Percent
Spring Onion Production Down 11 Percent
The 2010 contracted processing vegetable production for the four major processing crops (snap beans, sweet corn, green peas, and tomatoes) is forecast at 16.6 million tons, down 9 percent from last year. Production of processing tomatoes, at 12.8 million tons, is 7 percent below 2009. Snap bean production, at 736,680 tons, is down 6 percent from last year=s production. Sweet corn production, at 2.73 million tons, is down 16 percent from last year. Green pea production, at 351,480 tons, is 20 percent below 2009. Contracted area for harvest of the four major processing vegetable crops, at 988,150 acres, is 10 percent below 2009.
Production of the 2010 asparagus crop is forecast at 741,000 cwt, down 18 percent from 2009. Area harvested, at 28,000 acres, is down 4 percent from last year. Fresh production, at 621,000 cwt, declined 12 percent from 2009. Processed production, at 6,000 tons, is down 39 percent from last year.
The end-of-season spring onion production estimate, at 7.66 million cwt, is down 11 percent from last year. Area harvested, at 25,900 acres, is down 5 percent from a year ago, and yield, at 296 cwt per acre, is down 19 cwt per acre from 2009. The value of the spring crop is estimated at 305 million dollars, 61 percent above last year.