FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Bill Blackson
Monday, January 28, 2008
VALUE OF NEW YORK FRESH VEGETABLES RANKS FIFTH IN NATION
The value of all New York vegetable production in 2007 totaled $436 million, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. New York remained fifth in the nation for the value of principal fresh market vegetables.
The value of the Empire State’s principal fresh market vegetables totaled $397 million this year. Fresh market production in 2007 was estimated at 17.5 million hundredweight (cwt.). Planted acreage increased from 82,430 acres in 2006 to 87,990 acres in 2007.
Processing vegetables were valued at $39.3 million in 2007 and production totaled 221 thousand tons.
New York onion yields averaged 360 cwt. per acre, up 30 cwt. from last year. Year 2007 production is estimated at 4.43 million cwt., up 15 percent from last year. Value is up 8 percent to a total of $47.4 million
New York’s fresh market cabbage production for 2007, estimated at 5.80 million cwt., is up from 2006’s production of 4.62 million cwt. New York ranked second in the nation for fresh market cabbage production in 2007.
Fresh market sweet corn acreage was up in 2007. A total of 27,500 acres were harvested, a 3 percent increase from last year. Yields remained the same at 120 cwt. per acre. Total value was at $72.6 million, down 4 percent from last year.
New York is ranked second in the nation on value of the 2007 New York fresh market snap bean crop, at $49.7 million. Total production was 554,000 cwt., down 6 percent from last year due to fewer acres harvested and lower yields. Harvested acres decreased from 10,300 to 9,900 acres. Yield decreased from 57 cwt per acre to 56 cwt per acre. Price was a record-setting $89.80 per cwt.
Pumpkins showed a value of $22.7 million, third in the nation. There were 6,400 acres harvested for a production of 1,152 thousand cwt. Value of production in 2007 increased 21 percent from 2006.