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VEGETABLES

Released September 8, 2006
Seasonal
No. 984-3-06

            NEW YORK PROCESSING VEGETABLE PRODUCTION UP 2 PERCENT

New York’s processing vegetable crop for 2006 is forecast at 214,790 tons, up 2 percent from 2005, according to Steve Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office.  Reports from the field are indicating a better than average yield in the major vegetable producing sections of the state. The reported yield of 3.8 tons per acre for snap beans would be the highest yield in the last 10 years.  The yield of 6.9 tons per acre for sweet corn would be the highest since 2003.


U.S. CONTRACTED PROCESSING PRODUCTION UP 2 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR

The 2006 contracted processing vegetable production for the four major processing crops (snap beans, sweet corn, green peas, and tomatoes) is forecast at 14.7 million tons, up 2 percent from last year's comparable States.  Production of processing tomatoes, at 10.5 million tons, is 5 percent above comparable States in 2005.  Snap bean production, at 768,070 tons, is down 5 percent from last year's comparable States production.  Sweet corn production, at 3.03 million tons, is down 4 percent from last year, and green pea production, at 416,890 tons, is 10 percent above 2005.  Contracted acreage for harvest of the four major processing vegetable crops, at 1.09 million acres, is 1 percent below comparable States in 2005.
Sweet Corn:  U.S. contracted sweet corn production is forecast at 3.03 million tons, down 4 percent from last year.  A decrease of 3 percent in contracted harvested area is accompanied by a decrease in yield of 0.13 ton per acre when comparing the 2006 season to 2005.  In Minnesota, cold, wet  conditions slowed planting during the first half of May.  As of June 18th, the crop was 92 percent planted.  Hot, dry conditions persisted during July with moisture supplies dipping as low as 15 percent adequate with temperatures in the 90's.  Precipitation during the first half of August helped to improve moisture supplies.  As of August 18th, harvest was 49 percent complete.  In Washington, conditions have been mostly hot and dry throughout the summer.  Water supplies are adequate and harvest is progressing.  The crop is reported to be mostly average.  In Wisconsin, conditions were mostly favorable for sweet corn production.  However, early yields were affected by bunching caused by early season heat.  Oregon experienced unusually hot weather early in the summer, but it is too soon to know if it adversely affected yields.  Despite torrential rains in New York in the central and eastern sections of the State, yields have increased from last year.  Despite a higher population of corn flea beetles reported earlier in the season, harvest is progressing well with no major pest or disease problems. 

SWEET CORN FOR PROCESSING:   Area Harvested, Yield, and Production
by State, and United States, 2004-2005 and Forecasted 2006

State

Area Harvested

Yield per Acre

Production

2004
Total

2005

2006
Contract 1

2004
Total

2005
Total

2006
Contract 1

2004
Total

2005

2006
Contract 1

Total

Contract 1

Total

Contract 1

 

Acres

Acres

Acres

Acres

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

                       

DE 2

7,300

7,300

7,300

 

6.72

  6.72

 

49,020

49,020

49,020

 

MD

6,500

6,700

6,700

6,900

7.11

  6.24

6.60

46,200

41,840

41,840

45,540

MN

135,400

136,400

136,400

131,000

6.61

  7.16

7.05

894,590

977,090

977,090

923,550

NY

19,000

17,600

17,600

17,200

5.80

  6.60

6.90

110,200

116,160

116,160

118,680

OR

28,500

23,200

23,200

27,000

9.12

10.08

9.20

259,910

233,810

233,810

248,400

PA

1,700

1,300

1,300

1,200

4.70

  5.10

6.50

7,990

6,630

6,630

7,800

WA

94,800

81,200

81,200

83,800

8.71

  9.76

9.40

826,140

792,160

792,160

787,720

WI

78,600

92,000

91,400

80,400

6.50

  7.39

7.10

511,220

680,230

675,620

570,840

                       

Other

                     

States 3

34,000

38,210

38,210

44,100

7.73

  7.25

7.38

262,910

277,180

277,180

325,430

                       

US

405,800

403,910

403,310

391,600

7.31

  7.86

7.73

2,968,180

3,174,120

3,169,510

3,027,960

                       

1 Includes acreage from major brokers.

 

2 2006 data not published to avoid disclosure of individual operations.

3 2004 - ID, IL, IA, NJ, TN and VA.

 

2005 - ID, IL, IA, NJ, TN and VA.

 

2006 - DE, ID, IL, IA, NJ, and TN.

 
Snap Beans:  U.S. contracted production of snap beans is forecast at 768,070 tons, down 2 percent from comparable States last year.  Based on comparable States between 2005 and 2006, contracted harvested acreage went down 4 percent, while yield per acre increased 0.12 ton per acre.  In Wisconsin, early heat
and dry conditions in the northwest part of the State led to lower yields.  However, good conditions later in the season helped to improve yields.  Oregon's harvest began the second week of July.  Harvesting in Washington County was completed by mid-August.  In New York, despite the torrential rains received during May
and June in the central and eastern sections, yield is reported to be higher than last year's crop.  Harvest is progressing well with no major pest or disease problems reported.  Michigan's crop looked good going into harvest.  However, wet conditions and periods of high temperatures adversely affected harvest
progress in some areas of the State.  Little disease or insect pressure is reported.  

 SNAP BEANS FOR PROCESSING:   Area Harvested, Yield, and Production
by State, and United States, 2004-2005 and Forecasted 2006

State

Area Harvested

Yield per Acre

Production

2004
Total

2005

2006
Contract 1

2004
Total

2005
Total

2006
Contract 1

2004
Total

2005

2006
Contract 1

Total

Contract 1

Total

Contract 1

 

Acres

Acres

Acres

Acres

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

                       

FL

 

2,100

2,100

   

4.43

   

9,300

9,300

 

IL

11,200

16,700

15,100

14,800

4.67

4.08

3.90

52,320

68,180

61,300

57,720

IN

5,700

5,500

5,500

5,500

3.09

3.13

3.55

17,630

17,200

17,200

19,530

MI

17,300

22,200

22,200

17,800

3.54

2.81

4.00

61,280

62,460

62,460

71,200

NY

20,400

21,200

20,600

20,000

3.25

3.25

3.80

66,310

68,970

68,970

76,000

OR

17,800

18,500

18,500

18,600

6.48

6.30

6.30

115,320

116,530

116,530

117,180

PA

13,500

9,500

8,500

10,700

3.46

2.88

1.90

46,760

27,380

24,575

20,330

WI

73,100

75,500

75,200

72,700

4.41

4.12

4.20

322,640

311,280

310,010

305,340

                       

Other

                     

Sates 2 3 4

41,990

39,420

39,320

27,940

3.66

3.56

3.61

153,620

140,470

140,150

100,770

                       

US 3 4

200,990

210,620

207,020

188,040

4.16

3.90

4.08

835,880

821,770

810,495

768,070

                       

1 Includes acreage from major brokers.

2 2004 - AR, CA, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, MO, NJ, NC, TX, VA, and WA.

  2005 - AR, CA, DE, GA, MD, MN, MO, NJ, NC, TX, and VA.

  2006 - CA, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, NJ, NC, TX, and VA.

3 Seasonal forecasts for AR and MO are not available.  Estimates to be published in the Vegetables 2006 Summary"
4  WA estimates discontinued in 2005.