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 VEGETABLES

Released October 5, 2006
Seasonal
No. 984-6-06

NEW YORK ONION PRODUCTION UP 9 PERCENT

New York=s onion crop for 2006 is forecast at 4.16 million hundredweight (cwt.), up 9 percent from last year=s crop of 3.81 million cwt., according to Steve Ropel, Director of USDA=s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Office.  Higher yields more than offset a decrease in harvested acres.  Onion yield at 320 hundredweight per acre is higher than last year’s 280 and the 10-year average of 306 hundredweight per acre.  However, reports from onion growers indicate that the rains and heat have negatively affected the condition and quality of the onions harvested.

U.S. SUMMER STORAGE ONION PRODUCTION
UP LESS THAN 1 PERCENT

Summer storage onion production is forecast at 50.3 million hundredweight, up less than 1 percent from last year.  Storage onion harvested area is
forecast at 109,650 acres, up 3 percent from 2005.  California production, at 13.2 million hundredweight, is 12 percent above 2005.  Harvested area is
expected to be 31,500 acres, up 13 percent from last year.  

ONIONS: Area Harvested, Yield, and Production by Season,
State, and United States, 2004-2005 and Forecasted 2006

 Crop and State

Area

Yield per acre

Production

Harvested

For Harvest

2004

2005

2006

2004

2005

2006

2004

2005

2006

Acres

Cwt.

1,000 cwt.

       

Spring

   35,700

    35,300

    34,500

337

318

386

    12,031

    11,243

    13,330

Summer

                 

  Non-Storage

  23,200

   19,800

    21,000

521

563

517

12,098

11,140

10,853

                   

Storage

                 

CA1

30,000

27,800

    31,500

440

425

420

   3,200

11,815

13,230

CO

 11,000

   9,500

     9,700

500

440

440

   5,500

   4,180

   4,268

ID

10,400

 9,500

     9,500

770

640

575

 8,008

 6,080

  5,463

MI

3,200

2,900

     2,600

290

260

230

  928

 754

598

NY

13,000

13,600

    13,000

400

280

320

   5,200

  3,808

   4,160

OR

                 

Malheur

 11,100

11,500

    12,000

780

640

500

8,658

7,360

6,000

Other

7,400

7,800

     7,400

570

360

420

4,218

2,808

3,108

UT 2

1,500

   

520

   

780

   

WA

20,000

19,500

    20,000

580

600

600

11,600

11,700

12,000

WI

1,900

2,000

     2,000

320

330

310

608

660

620

Oth Sts 3

        550

     1,920

     1,950

324

453

429

        178

        869

        837

Total

  110,050

  106,020

  109,650

535

472

459

    58,878

    50,034

    50,284

Summer

  133,250

  125,820

  130,650

533

486

468

    70,976

    61,174

    61,137

US

  168,950

  161,120

  165,150

491

449

451

    83,007

    72,417

    74,467

1  Primarily for dehydrated and other processing.
2   2005 data not published to avoid disclosure of individual operations.
3  2004 – MN and OH.
    2005 – OH and UT.
    2006 – OH and UT.