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VEGETABLE REPORT

October 2009

Seasonal
No. 984-4-09

NEW YORK ONION PRODUCTION DOWN 11 PERCENT

New York=s onion crop for 2009 is forecast at 3.69 million hundredweight (cwt.), down 11 percent from last years crop of 4.14 million cwt., according to Steve Ropel, Director of USDA=s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Office.  Harvested acreage is estimated at 9,700 acres, down   4 percent from last year’s acreage of 10,100.  Excessive moisture resulted in some loss of acreage due to abandonment.

U.S. SUMMER STORAGE ONION PRODUCTION UP 3 PERCENT

Summer storage onion production is forecast at 57.2 million hundredweight, up 3 percent from last year. Storage onion harvested area is forecast at 104,410 acres, down 1 percent from 2008. California production, 13.9 million hundredweight, is 5 percent above 2008. Harvested area is expected to total 32,000 acres, up 2 percent from last year.

                                                 ONIONS:  Area Harvested, Yield, and Production by Season,

                                                                    State, and United States, 2007-2008 and Forecasted 2009

 Season and State

Area

Yield per acre

Production

Harvested

For Harv.

2009

2007

2008

2009

2007

2008

2009

2007

2008

 

Acres

Cwt.

1,000 cwt.

       

Spring

30,200

28,400

27,000

327

338

349

9,870

9,603

9,428

Summer

                 

  Non-Storage

20,200

19,400

17,700

545

533

599

10,999

10,344

10,608

                   

Storage

                 

CA1

29,000

31,300

32,000

425

425

435

12,325

13,303

13,920

CO

7,700

7,500

5,500

410

380

470

3,157

2,850

2,585

ID

9,100

8,600

8,800

750

720

740

6,825

6,192

6,512

MI

3,800

3,600

3,900

260

280

330

988

1,008

1,287

NY

10,500

10,100

9,700

360

410

380

3,780

4,141

3,686

OR

                 

Malheur

12,600

12,200

12,000

780

710

720

9,828

8,662

8,640

Other

10,300

9,600

9,600

620

620

700

6,386

5,952

6,720

WA

22,500

20,000

19,000

610

600

630

13,725

12,000

11,970

WI

2,100

1,100

2,000

370

300

500

777

330

1,000

                   

Other States2

2,080

1,690

1,910

470

497

445

978

840

849

                   

Total

109,680

105,690

104,410

536

523

548

58,769

55,278

57,169

                   

Summer

129,880

125,090

122,110

537

525

555

69,768

65,622

67,777

                   

US

160,080

153,490

149,110

497

490

518

79,638

75,225

77,205

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