Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts 2009 Summary

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nass_logo.gifIn 2009, the Nation’s utilized production of the leading noncitrus fruit crops totaled 18.1 million tons, up 3 percent from the 2008 utilized production. Utilized production increased from 2008 for avocados, sweet cherries, tart cherries, red raspberries, California prunes, prunes and plums (Idaho, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington), blackberries, strawberries, pears, California dates, and apples. Utilized production decreased from 2008 for nectarines, California olives, apricots, California plums, cranberries, grapes, papayas, guavas, peaches, Maine wild blueberries, and figs.

The value of utilized production for noncitrus fruit crops totaled 11.8 billion dollars, up 5 percent from 2008. The value of utilized production for kiwifruit increased 79 percent, avocados were up 61 percent, bananas increased 27 percent, nectarines were up 25 percent, figs increased 17 percent, and strawberries increased 11 percent. However, the value of utilized production for Oregon black raspberries decreased 80 percent, guavas are down 47 percent, Maine wild blueberries decreased 42 percent, red raspberries are down 36 percent, California olives decreased 31 percent, cranberries decreased 25 percent, tart cherries are down 21 percent, and sweet cherries decreased 12 percent.