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VEGETABLE REPORT
October 2008

Seasonal
No. 984-5-08

NEW YORK ONION PRODUCTION DOWN 15 PERCENT

New York's onion crop for 2008 is forecast at 3.78 million hundredweight (cwt.), down 15 percent from last year=s crop of 4.43 million cwt., according to Steve Ropel, Director of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Office.  Harvested acreage is estimated at 10,800 acres, down 12 percent from last year’s acreage of 12,300.  Several severe hail storms caused acres to be lost in Central and Eastern New York, while Western New York saw good yields and conditions.

U.S. SUMMER STORAGE ONION PRODUCTION DOWN 10 PERCENT

Summer storage onion production is forecast at 51.5 million hundredweight, down 10 percent from last year.  Storage onion harvested area is forecast at 99,620 acres, down 8 percent from 2007.  California production, at 12.9 million hundredweight, is 1 percent below 2006.  Harvested area is expected to total 30,000 acres, down 2 percent from last year.

 

  ONIONS:  Area Harvested, Yield, and Production by Season,
State, and United States, 2006-2007 and Forecasted 2008

 Season and State

Area

Yield per acre

Production

Harvested

For Harv.
2008

2006

2007

2008

2006

2007

2008

2006

2007

 

Acres

Cwt.

1,000 cwt.

       

Spring

34,600

31,000

29,000

322

330

379

11,128

10,230

11,000

Summer

                 

  Non-Storage

19,900

20,700

19,600

531

548

529

10,562

11,347

10,378

                   

Storage

                 

CA1

31,800

30,500

30,000

425

425

430

13,515

12,975

12,900

CO

9,500

7,700

7,200

400

410

420

3,800

3,157

3,024

ID

9,400

9,100

8,500

540

750

690

5,076

6,825

5,865

MI

2,600

2,500

2,500

250

260

260

650

650

650

NY

12,800

12,300

10,800

330

360

350

4,224

4,428

3,780

OR

                 

Malheur

11,700

12,000

10,600

520

780

710

6,084

9,360

7,526

Other

8,400

8,800

8,800

550

620

620

4,620

5,456

5,456

WA

20,000

21,000

19,000

600

610

600

12,000

12,810

11,400

WI

2,100

1,800

840

330

370

340

693

666

286

                   

Other States2

2,180

2,080

1,380

378

470

448

825

978

618

                   

Total

110,480

107,780

99,620

466

532

517

51,487

57,305

51,505

                   

Summer

130,380

128,480

119,220

476

534

519

62,049

68,652

61,883

                   

US

164,980

159,480

148,220

444

495

492

73,177

78,882

72,883

                   

1  Primarily for dehydrated and other processing.
2
  OH and UT.