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MUCKLAND

Released September 12, 2006
Seasonal

No. 984-5-06

MUCKLAND VEGETABLES

Onion, Lettuce Acreage Up; Field Corn, Potatoes, Turfgrass Down

              The 2006 Muckland Survey, which was conducted in New York’s five major muckland vegetable areas, showed a slight increase in muckland utilized for crops, up to 30,408 acres this year.  Across the state, onion acreage increased from 9,268 acres in 2004 to 9,764 acres in 2006.  Total potato acreage is 1,193 in 2006.  Acreage not planted at the time of the survey (July 10-21) increased 25 percent from 2004.

              In the Orange County mucklands, which include Chester and outlying areas, acreage planted to onions (seed, sets, and transplants) dropped 6 percent, down to 3,704 acres.  Turfgrass, the second major acreage in Orange County, decreased 2 percent to 2,782 acres.  The acres not planted at the time of the survey (July 10-21) increased 55 percent.  This was due in part to the lateness of this years planting. Other crops which showed a decrease are carrots, field corn, and potatoes.  Sweet corn and lettuce increased.

              Oswego County onion acreage showed a 4 percent decrease from 2004 to 2,197 acres.  Acres that were not planted increased 39 percent to 1,156 acres.

              In Orleans and Genesee Counties, onion acreage increased 14 percent from 2004 and field corn acreage jumped 43 percent.  Carrot acreage equaled 106 acres.  Acreage not planted by the survey completion date was 608 acres, 31 percent less than in 2004.

              Madison and Oneida County mucklands onion acreage increased from 22 acres in 2004 to 308 acres in 2006.  Field corn acreage dropped from 659 to 278 acres.

              The Ontario, Steuben, and Yates Counties muck region experienced a big increase in potato acreage from 291 acres in 2004 to 467 acres in 2006.  Onion acreage increased to 773 acres in 2006.

STATE TOTALS BY CROP, 2004 and 2006

Year

Onions

Lettuce

Potatoes

Field Corn

Sweet Corn

Carrots

Turf Grass

Other Crops

Not Planted 2/

Total Cropland

2004

9,268

349

1,435

2,645

835

775

3,158

3,954

6,499

28,918

2006

9,764

361

1,193

2,424

718

723

3,140

3,976

8,109

30,408


GROSS ACRES OF VEGETABLES, 2004 and 2006 1/

Crop

Orange County

Oswego County

Orleans-Genesee

Madison-Oneida

Ontario-Steuben-
Yates

2004

2006

2004

2006

2004

2006

2004

2006

2004

2006

                     

  ONIONS

3,957

3,704

2,281

2,197

2,442

2,781

22

308

566

773

  LETTUCE

242

298

87

62

0

0

20

0

0

0

  POTATOES

20

17

0

3/

1,052

662

72

3/

291

467

  FIELD CORN

1,034

897

26

20

16

1,164

659

278

110

65

  SWEET CORN

393

421

16

3/

3

24

63

3/

360

253

  CARROTS

90

28

4

16

70

106

0

0

611

574

  TURFGRASS

2,826

2,782

80

0

104

35

148

323

0

0

  OTHER CROPS

2,730

1,923

170

141

277

599

393

516

384

797

  NOT PLANTED 2/

2,605

4,036

829

1,156

880

608

1,769

2,007

416

302

                     

  TOTAL CROP LAND

13,897

14,106

3,493

3,602

5,644

5,979

3,146

3,489

2,738

3,231

                     

1/   Based on gross acres in field including land taken up by ditches, hedges, driveways and small buildings.

      Includes double cropping.
2/    Not planted (idle) acreage at time of survey (July 10-21).
3/    Not published




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