Vegetables USA September 2011

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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 2011 contracted processing vegetable production for the four major processing crops (snap beans, sweet corn, green peas, and tomatoes) is forecast at 16.3 million tons, down 1 percent from last year. Production of processing tomatoes, at 12.7 million tons, is up slightly from last year. Snap bean production, at 656,340 tons, is down 12 percent from last year’s production. Sweet corn production, at 2.64 million tons, is down 2 percent from last year. Green pea production, at 302,090 tons, is 16 percent below 2010. Contracted area for harvest of the four major processing vegetable crops, at 927,100 acres, is 6 percent below 2010.

Production of the 2011 asparagus crop is forecast at 864,000 cwt, up 8 percent from 2010. Area harvested, at 27,800 acres, is down 1 percent from last year. Fresh production, at 694,000 cwt, is up 2 percent from 2010. Processed production, at 8,500 tons, is up 42 percent from last year.

The end-of-season spring onion production estimate, at 9.63 million cwt, is up 29 percent from last year. Area harvested, at 29,600 acres, is up 14 percent from a year ago, and yield, at 325 cwt per acre, is up 36 cwt per acre from 2010. The value of the spring crop is estimated at 182 million dollars, 38 percent below last year.

USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service
USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service