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Thursday, January 24, 2008

New York Strawberry and Blueberry
Production Increases

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