Florida Weather: Rainfall during July kept soil moisture
supplies at adequate levels. Frequent scattered showers during
August interrupted the laying of some plastic and other field
preparations. However, producers also irrigated some acreage in
drier localities. Weed and worm populations escalated rapidly in
wetter areas with many growers spraying for the control of pests
on recent plantings. Rain and wind caused by tropical systems
also interrupted some field activities during September. Rains
from Tropical Storm Hanna, falling about mid-month, and
storms caused by Tropical Storm Isidore at the end of the month
slowed some planting. However, producers reported no significant damage from these storms. Mostly dry weather prevailed in
early October as Hurricane Lili rushed northward through the
Gulf with the storm pulling rains away from the Peninsula.
This first quarterly release for the 2002-2003 season shows acreage for harvest during fall months of October through December based on conditions existing October 1. Estimated acreage by growing region is no longer available.
Cabbage: Growers hope to harvest 500 acres, equal to the
acreage cut during the fall of 2001.
Cucumbers For Fresh Market: Acreage to be picked this
fall is estimated at 4,000 acres. This compares with 3,500 acres
picked last fall. Harvesting is underway.
Sweet Corn: Producers expect to pick 4,700 acres this fall,
down 200 acres from the 4,900 acres harvested last fall. Growers
reported no significant damage to the crop from the recent
Bell Peppers: Acreage to be picked this fall is set at 4,900
acres. This compares with 4,500 acres harvested last fall. Wind
and rain from recent tropical systems caused no significant
damage to the crop. Harvesting is underway.
Tomatoes: Producers hope to pick 15,500 acres this fall, up
1,500 acres or 11 percent from the 14,000 acres harvested last
fall. Picking around Quincy started in late September.
General: The prospective area for harvest of 11 selected fresh
market vegetables during the fall quarter is forecast at 168,550
acres, virtually unchanged from comparable commodities last
year. Acreage increased for snap beans, cabbage, cucumbers,
head lettuce, bell peppers, and tomatoes, while acreage decreased for broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, and sweet corn.
Area forecasted for melon harvest is 15,600 acres, up 6 percent
from last year. Cantaloupe acreage is forecast at 9,700 acres, up
9 percent from 2001. Honeydew acreage is forecast at 4,900
acres, up 2 percent from last fall. Watermelon acreage is
forecast at 1,000 acres, the same as last year.
Snap Beans: Fall fresh market acreage for harvest is forecast
at 19,300 acres, up 12 percent from last year and 5 percent
above 2000. Georgia has received several inches of rain in past
weeks which should aid crop development. However, drier
weather is needed so growers can begin harvest. The New
Jersey crop is on schedule but dry conditions have reduced the
projected yield. Drought conditions in Virginia had little effect
on snap beans since most are irrigated, but high winds and
temperature extremes have reduced quality and caused some
Cabbage: Fresh market acreage for harvest is forecast at
6,300 acres, up 7 percent from last year and 2 percent above two
years earlier. The Georgia crop has benefitted from several
inches of rain in recent weeks. However, drier weather is
needed to begin harvesting. New Jersey early plantings had
sizing problems but conditions have improved for the fall crop.
In Texas, wet and unseasonably cool conditions have been ideal
for cabbage production. The crop is progressing well with few
pest problems reported.
Sweet Corn: Fresh market acreage for harvest is forecast at
9,000 acres, down 5 percent from last year but 10 percent morethan 2000. Yields in California are reported to be excellent.
Demand for sweet corn has been very good and it appears the
new varieties introduced last year are popular with consumers.
Cucumbers: Acreage for fall harvest is forecast at 8,050 acres, 12 percent above last year and 1 percent greater than 2000. South Carolina acreage has decreased from last year due to extreme drought conditions at planting time. In some areas of Texas, rains kept harvesters out of the fields and the cucumbers grew too large for use or rotted in the fields. Cucumber harvest in the Plains was nearing completion. In Virginia, hot days and cold nights have slowed crop development.
Bell Peppers: Fall acreage for harvest is forecast at 5,400
acres, up 4 percent from 2001 but 31 percent less than 2000. In
Florida, rain from scattered showers boosted growth and
development during September and caused only a few delays in
planting. The Texas harvest is mostly complete and appears to
be a smaller crop than last year due to lack of moisture in late
spring and early summer.
Tomatoes: Fresh market acreage for fall harvest is forecast at
25,500 acres, up 4 percent from last year and 12 percent
above 2000. California growers expect ample supplies from the
fall harvest. Most summer temperatures, except for a heat wave
in July that adversely affected yields at that time, were conducive to tomato growth and are expected to help the quality of the
Watermelons: Arizona acreage for fall harvest is forecast at
1,000 acres, unchanged from both 2001 and 2000. Arizona's
fall season is typical following a long and hot summer with
below normal moisture.
Vegetables for fresh market, prospective acreage for harvest, October, November and
December, by States, 2002 with comparisons
|BELL PEPPERS: 2/|
|TOTAL OF CROPS LISTED|
|TOTAL OF CROPS ESTIMATED|
|United States 3/||183,300||185,100||184,150||99|
1/ Estimates discontinued in 2002.
2/ Includes fresh market and processing.
3/ Total of crops listed plus broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, endive/escarole, head lettuce, cantaloupes, honeydew melons and watermelons.