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VEGETABLE REPORT
September 2007

Seasonal
No. 984-4-7

U.S. CONTRACTED PROCESSING PRODUCTION
UP 13 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR

U.S. 2007 contracted processing vegetable production for the four major processing crops (snap beans, sweet corn, green peas, and tomatoes) is forecast at 16.7 million tons, up 13 percent from last year.á Production of processing tomatoes, at 12.6 million tons, is 19 percent above 2006.á Snap bean production, at 841,280 tons, is up 10 percent from last year's production.á Sweet corn production, at 2.88 million tons, is down 7 percent from last year, and green pea production, at 409,940 tons, is 1 percent above 2006.á Contracted area for harvest of the four major processing vegetable crops, at 1.08 million acres, is 1 percent above 2006.

Sweet Corn:á U.S. contracted sweet corn production is forecast at 2.88 million tons, down 7 percent from last year.á A decline of 5 percent in contracted harvested area is accompanied by a decline in yield of 0.17 tons per acre from 2006.á In Minnesota, cold and wet conditions slowed planting in early April.á Above normal temperatures in late April and early May allowed planting to progress rapidly. As of June 3rd, planting was 78 percent complete, compared with 64 percent for the five-year average.á In Washington, conditions have been mostly hot and dry throughout the summer.á Water supplies are adequate and harvest is progressing well. áThe crop is reported to be mostly average to above average. áWisconsin's season began with hot and dry weather.á By August, heavy rainfall hampered harvest.á Oregon experienced unseasonably hot weather in the middle of July, followed by unusually cool weather through the middle of August.á Despite torrential rains in the central and eastern sections of New York, yields are better than last year.á Weather conditions in Maryland have been very dry during the summer growing season.

ááááááááááá SWEET CORN FOR PROCESSING: ááArea Harvested, Yield, and Production
by State, and United States, 2005-2006 and Forecasted 2007

State

Area Harvested

Yield per Acre

Production

2005
Total

2006

2007
Contract 1

2005
Total

2006
Total

2007
Contract 1

2005
Total

2006

2007
Contract 1

Total

Contract 1

Total

Contract 1

 

Acres

Acres

Acres

Acres

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

                       

DE 2

7,300

4,600

4,600

 

á 6.72

á 5.30

 

49,020

24,380

24,380

 

MD

6,700

6,300

6,300

6,300

á 6.24

á 5.60

7.30

41,840

35,280

35,280

45,990

MN

136,400

131,600

131,600

115,500

á 7.17

á 7.34

6.68

977,770

965,550

965,550

771,540

NY 2

17,600

17,200

17,200

 

á 6.60

á 6.70

 

116,160

115,240

115,240

 

OR

23,200

26,000

26,000

20,200

10.08

á 9.58

9.60

233,810

249,160

249,160

193,920

PA 2

1,300

1,200

1,200

 

á 5.10

á 6.66

 

6,630

7,990

7,990

 

WA

81,200

79,200

79,200

85,300

á 9.76

10.18

9.60

792,160

806,140

806,140

818,880

WI

92,000

82,800

82,800

85,600

á 7.39

á 7.38

7.35

680,230

611,260

611,260

629,160

                       

Other

                     

áSts 3

38,210

35,800

35,800

53,400

á 7.25

á 7.58

7.82

277,180

271,390

271,390

417,330

                       

US

403,910

384,700

384,700

366,300

á 7.86

á 8.02

7.85

3,174,800

3,086,390

3,086,390

2,876,820

                       

1 Includes acreage from major brokers.

2 2007data not published to avoid disclosure of individual operations.

3 2005 - ID, IL, IA, NJ, TN and VA.

  2006 - ID, IL, IA, NJ, and TN.

  2007 - DE, ID, IL, IA, NJ, PA, TN and VA.

Snap Beans:á U.S. contracted production of snap beans is forecast at 841,280 tons, up 10 percent from last year.á Contracted harvested area is down 1 percent, while yield is up 0.43 tons per acre.á In Wisconsin, white mold and pod rot were spotted in central portions of the State.á However, favorable conditions during the season helped to improve yields. áOregon's harvest began the second week of July. Harvesting in Washington County was completed by mid-August.á Michigan's early planted crop was budding by the beginning of June. Late season planting was delayed due to rain. áDrought conditions across much of the State in July and August minimally affected the crop.á Florida's spring harvest was complete by early June.á Growers are preparing land for the fall crop planting.á In Illinois, the growing season has been ideal due to ample moisture.á In Indiana, the snap bean crop is in good condition despite hot and dry weather.

ááááááááááá SNAP BEANS FOR PROCESSING: ááArea Harvested, Yield, and Production

by State, and United States, 2005-2006 and Forecasted 2007

State

Area Harvested

Yield per Acre

Production

2005
Total

2006

2007
Contract 1

2005
Total

2006
Total

2007
Contract 1

2005
Total

2006

2007
Contract 1

Total

Contract 1

Total

Contract 1

 

Acres

Acres

Acres

Acres

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

                       

FL

2,100

3,300

2,800

2,400

4.43

3.47

6.00

9,300

11,460

9,770

14,400

IL

16,700

14,800

13,200

13,900

4.08

3.82

4.20

68,180

56,580

50,340

58,380

IN

5,500

5,300

5,300

5,100

3.13

3.18

3.75

17,200

16,860

16,860

19,130

MI

16,200

18,100

18,100

21,700

3.70

3.65

3.75

59,940

66,030

66,030

81,380

NY 2

21,200

19,900

18,300

 

3.25

3.71

 

68,970

73,730

68,010

 

OR

18,500

18,800

18,800

18,000

6.30

4.95

6.60

116,530

92,970

92,970

118,800

PA

9,500

10,800

9,700

9,200

2.88

3.01

3.10

27,380

32,480

29,170

28,520

WI

75,500

70,900

70,900

70,500

4.12

4.19

4.40

311,280

297,030

297,030

310,200

                       

Other

                     

Sts 3 4

39,420

41,340

40,771

54,730

3.56

3.35

3.85

140,470

138,680

137,007

210,470

                       

US

204,620

203,240

197,871

195,530

4.00

3.87

4.30

819,250

785,820

767,187

841,280

                       

1 áIncludes acreage from major brokers.

2á 2007 data not published to avoid disclosure of individual operations.

3á 2005 - AR, CA, DE, GA, MD, MN, MO, NJ, NC, TX, and VA.

áá 2006 - AR, CA, DE, GA, MD, MN, MO, NJ, NC, TX, and VA.

áá 2007 - CA, DE, GA, MD, MN, NJ, NY, NC, TX, and VA.

4 Seasonal forecasts for AR and MO are not available.á Estimates to be published in the ôVegetables 2007 Summary" áreleased January 2008.