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MUCKLAND REPORT

September 2008

MUCKLAND VEGETABLES

Onion, Carrot and Turfgrass Acreage Down;

Lettuce, Potato, Field Corn, Sweet Corn Up

The 2008 Muckland Survey, which was conducted in New York=s five major muckland vegetable areas, showed a slight decrease in muckland utilized for crops, at 30,196 acres this year.  Across the state, onion acreage decreased from 9,764 acres in 2006 to 9,138 acres in 2008.  Total potato acreage is 1,257 in 2008.  Acreage not planted at the time of the survey (July 10-21) was 7,482.

In the Orange County mucklands, which include Chester and outlying areas, acreage planted to onions (seed, sets, and transplants) dropped 11 percent, down to 3,303 acres.  Turfgrass, the second major acreage in Orange County, decreased 3 percent to 2,692 acres.  The acres not planted at the time of the survey (July 10-21) increased 9 percent.  This was due in part to the lateness of this years planting. Other crops which showed a decrease are carrots, field corn, and sweet corn.  Lettuce and potatoes increased.

Oswego County onion acreage showed a 15 percent decrease from 2006 to 1,870 acres.  Acres that were not planted decreased 35 percent to 744 acres.

In Orleans and Genesee Counties, onion acreage increased 5 percent from 2006 and field corn acreage jumped 23 percent.  Carrot acreage equaled 26 acres.  Acreage not planted by the survey completion date was 591 acres, 3 percent less than in 2006.

Madison and Oneida County mucklands onion acreage decreased from 308 acres in 2006 to 247 acres in 2008.  Field corn acreage increased from 278 to 544 acres.

The Ontario, Steuben, and Yates Counties muck region experienced an increase in onion acreage from 773 acres in 2006 to 796 acres in 2008.  Sweet corn acreage increased to 339 acres in 2008.

STATE TOTALS BY CROP, 2006 and 2008

Year

Onions

Lettuce

Potatoes

Field Corn

Sweet Corn

Carrots

Turf Grass

Other Crops

Not Planted 2/

Total Cropland

2006

9,764

361

1,193

2,424

718

723

3,140

3,976

8,109

30,408

2008

9,138

455

1,257

3,017

864

641

2,948

4,394

7,482

30,196


GROSS ACRES OF VEGETABLES, 2006 and 2008 1/

Crop

Orange County

Oswego County

Orleans-Genesee

Madison-Oneida

Ontario-Steuben-Yates

2006

2008

2006

2008

2006

2008

2006

2008

2006

2008

                     

  ONIONS

3,704

3,303

2,197

1,870

2,781

2,921

308

247

773

796

  LETTUCE

298

322

62

133

0

0

0

0

0

0

  POTATOES

17

43

3/

0

662

590

3/

213

467

410

  FIELD CORN

897

895

20

0

1,164

1,428

278

544

65

150

  SWEET CORN

421

287

3/

56

24

12

3/

171

253

339

  CARROTS

28

0

16

7

106

26

0

0

674

609

  TURFGRASS

2,782

2,692

0

0

35

35

323

221

0

0

  OTHER CROPS

1,923

2,248

141

807

599

425

516

487

797

426

  NOT PLANTED 2/

4,036

4,392

1,156

744

608

591

2,007

1,706

302

50

 

  TOTAL CROP LAND

14,106

14,182

3,602

3,617

5,979

6,028

4,489

3,589

3,231

2,780

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.