New York Field Office
"Fact Finders for Agriculture"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Marisa Reuber
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Strawberry production in New York was up 5 percent from 2006 to 4.60 million pounds, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York office. The value of utilized production is estimated at $7.59 million, up 1 percent from the $7.48 million in 2006. New York ranks seventh in strawberry production. Nationally, the strawberry crop for 2007 was placed at 2.50 billion pounds, up 4 percent from 2006.
Production of blueberries for the Empire State was at 2.50 million pounds. The 2007 crop is valued at $3.37 million, a 21 percent increase from $2.80 million in 2006. The U.S. estimate for blueberries is 283 million pounds, up slightly from 2006.
The combined value of New York’s berry crop totaled $11.0 million. This compares with $10.3 million in 2006. The information in this release is available by free email subscription by subscribing to New York reports at www.nass.usda.gov/ny.