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N.Y. continues to rank fifth nationally for value of fresh market vegetables

This past January, the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture released annual summaries for the 2012 season for vegetables and fruits grown in New York.

The value of principal fresh market vegetables in 2012 increased 22 percent when compared to 2011. The value of tree fruit, berry and grape production was down 6 percent during 2012.

NASS reported the value of all New York vegetable production in 2012 was $450.3 million. “New York ranked fifth in the nation for area harvested and value of principal fresh market vegetables,” the report states. “Fresh market production in 2012 was estimated at 13.3 million hundredweight.”

CommoditiesOverviewNew York ranked fifth nationally for its production of principal fresh market vegetables during 2012. (Photo courtesy of Turek Farms)Looking at principal fresh market vegetables, NASS reported that a total of 65.6 million acres were planted in 2012, a decline of 1 percent from 2011. Harvested acreage in 2012 was 63.3 million, up 8 percent from 2011. Production during 2011 was 13,340 hundredweight, a 16-percent increase from 2011.

NASS indicated the approximate value of individual vegetables for the fresh market for 2012 and percent of increase or decrease when compared to 2011 as follows: cauliflower, $4.29 million — up 46 percent; cucumbers, $25.8 million — up 29 percent; snap beans, $33.46 million — up 8 percent; sweet corn, $68.4 million — up 22 percent; tomatoes, $47.1 million — up 23 percent; pumpkins, $33 million — up 29 percent; squash, $41 million — down 4 percent; cabbage, $105.9 million — up 23 percent; and onions, $46 million — up 43 percent.

Figures for Bell peppers, eggplant, endive/escarole and spinach were “unavailable due to budget constraints,” according to the report.

The overall value of New York tree fruit, berry and grape production totaled $323 million. According to NASS, New York ranked second nationally in apple production, third in grape production, fourth in pear production and fifth in tart cherry production in 2012.

The acreage in production for apples, tart cherries, sweet cherries, pears, grapes, peaches, blueberries and strawberries remained unchanged during 2012.

Comparing the 2012 crop to 2011 data, NASS reported that apple production totaled 720 million pounds, down 41 percent from 2011. Total grape production decreased 39 percent to 115,000 tons. Tart cherry production totaled 2.7 million pounds, down 54 percent. Pear production was down 74 percent at 3,100 tons, and peach production was down 62 percent at 2,600 tons.

The value of fruit production for 2012 and percent of change from 2011 was reported by NASS as follows: the apple crop was $249.7 million — up 3 percent; tart cherries, $2.8 million — up 50 percent; sweet cherries, $1 million — down 4 percent; pears, $2.3 million — down 67 percent; grapes, $52.2 million — down 26 percent; peaches, $4 million — down 52 percent; blueberries, $3.8 million — down 2 percent; and strawberries, $6.8 million — up 25 percent.