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VEGETABLE REPORT

September 2009

Seasonal
No. 984-4-09

U.S. CONTRACTED PROCESSING PRODUCTION
UP 14 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR

The 2009 contracted processing vegetable production for the four major processing crops (snap beans, sweet corn, green peas, and tomatoes) is forecast at 18.5 million tons, up 14 percent from last year.  Production of processing tomatoes, at 14.1 million tons, is 16 percent above 2008.  Snap bean production, at 806,920 tons, is up 2 percent from last year’s production.  Sweet corn production, at 3.16 million tons, is up 13 percent from last year.  Green pea production, at 400,920 tons, is 3 percent below 2008.  Contracted area for harvest of the four major processing vegetable crops, at 1.12 million acres, is 6 percent above 2008.

Sweet Corn:  Contracted sweet corn production is forecast at 3.16 million tons, up 13 percent from last year.  An increase of 9 percent in contracted harvested area is accompanied by an increase in yield of 0.37 ton per acre from 2008.  In Minnesota, favorable weather conditions allowed planting to proceed on schedule.  Planting was nearly complete by the end of June.  Harvest was reported as 16 percent complete as of August 16.  In Washington, conditions were mostly hot and dry during the early summer season.  However, water supplies are reported as adequate and the crop is also reported to be in good condition.  Oregon's sweet corn crop is reported to be in good condition.  In Wisconsin, harvest was delayed due to cool temperatures.

 

SWEET CORN FOR PROCESSING:   Area Harvested, Yield, and Production
by State, and United States, 2007-2008 and Forecasted 2009

State

Area Harvested

Yield per Acre

Production

2007

Total

2008

2009

Contract 1

2007

Total

2008

Total

2009

Contract 1

2007

Total

2008

2009

Contract 1

Total

Contract 1

Total

Contract 1

 

Acres

Acres

Acres

Acres

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

                       

MD 2

6,300

6,900

6,900

 

  8.40

7.30

 

52,920

50,370

50,370

 

MN

120,500

123,900

123,900

132,000

  6.60

7.08

  7.10

794,850

876,980

876,980

937,200

OR

21,900

18.400

18,400

23,400

  9.69

9.75

  9.60

212,240

179,310

179,310

224,640

WA

82,500

66,300

66,300

83,800

10.36

9.78

10.20

854,310

648,490

648,490

854,760

WI

83,000

87,600

87,600

78,200

  6.97

7.44

  7.74

578,720

651,570

651,570

605,270

                       

Other
 Sts
3

53,400

57,500

50,850

66,750

  7.57

7.40

  8.03

404,390

425,770

378,060

535,690

                       

US

367,600

360,600

353,950

384,150

  7.88

7.85

  8.22

2,897,430

2,832,490

2,784,780

3,157,560

                       

1 Includes acreage from major brokers.

2 Estimates not published to avoid disclosure of individual operations.

3 2007 - DE, ID, IL, IA, NJ, NY, PA, TN and VA.

   2008 - DE, ID, IL, IA, NJ, NY, PA, TN and VA.

   2009 - DE, ID, IL, IA, MD, NJ, NY, and PA.

 

 

Snap Beans:  Contracted production of snap beans is forecast at 806,920 tons, up 2 percent from last year.  Contracted harvested area is down 1 percent, but yield is up 0.10 tons per acre.  In Oregon, the snap bean crop was reported in good condition.  In West Central Michigan, dry weather throughout July led to many fields being irrigated.  However, stands were reported to be in good condition.  In Illinois, planting was delayed due to sporadic rainfall across the State.  In Indiana, the snap bean crop was reported to be in good condition.  In Minnesota, harvest was delayed due to unseasonably cool summer temperatures and limited rainfall during the growing season.  In New York, excessive rainfall accompanied by cool nights resulted in reduced yields.  In Wisconsin, snap beans are progressing at a slow pace due to cool temperatures.

 
 

SNAP BEANS FOR PROCESSING:   Area Harvested, Yield, and Production
by State, and United States, 2007-2008 and Forecasted 2009

State

Area Harvested

Yield per Acre

Production

2007

Total

2008

2009

Contract 1

2007

Total

2008

Total

2009

Contract 1

2007

Total

2008

2009

Contract 1

Total

Contract 1

Total

Contract 1

 

Acres

Acres

Acres

Acres

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

Tons

                       

IL

12,300

12,500

12,500

13,600

4.65

3.59

3.50

57,140

44,820

44,820

47,600

IN

5,000

4,500

4,500

10,300

3.15

3.11

3.55

15,770

13,980

13,980

36,570

MI

17,800

15,000

15,000

17,300

3.45

3.65

4.20

61,400

54,750

54,750

72,660

MN 2

 

4,700

4,700

7,200

 

3.17

3.64

 

14,890

14,890

26,210

NY 2

 

20,400

20,400

19,000

 

3.80

3.55

 

77,590

77,590

67,450

OR

19,100

18,600

18,600

17,200

6.02

6.03

6.70

115,010

112,140

112,140

115,240

PA

10,800

10,700

10,700

9,900

3.07

3.48

3.70

33,170

37,250

37,250

36,630

WI

69,900

80,500

78,900

75,500

3.79

4.06

4.02

264,910

326,870

320,200

303,510

                       

Other
Sts
3 4

63,870

31,400

29,430

23,400

3.23

4.00

4.32

206,330

125,710

119,157

101,050

                       

US

198,770

198,300

194,730

193,400

3.79

4.07

4.17

753,730

808,000

794,777

806,920

                       

Includes acreage from major brokers.

2  Estimates not published to avoid disclosure of individual operations.

3   2007 - CA, DE, FL, GA, MD, MN, NJ, NY, NC, TX, and VA.

   2008 - CA, DE, FL, GA, MD, NJ,  NC, TX, and VA.

   2009 - CA, DE, FL, GA, MD, NJ,  NC, TX, and VA.

Seasonal forecasts for AR and MO are not available.  Estimates to be published in the Vegetables 2009 Summary, released January 2010.