California continues to lead as fresh market state

The value of production for the non-citrus fruit crops totaled $16.2 billion in 2014, up 1 percent from 2013.

In 2014, California accounted for 47 percent of harvested area, 52 percent of production and 60 percent of value for 24 selected vegetables and melons produced in the United States, making it the leading fresh market state in the nation, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Fresh market vegetable and melon production for the 24 crops totaled an estimated 413 million hundredweight in 2014, down 1 percent from the previous year. Harvested area for the 24 crops covered 1.58 million acres in the United States, down 3 percent from 2013. The value of the 2014 U.S. crop is estimated at $10.9 billion, down 5 percent from a year ago.

The three largest crops in the United States were onions, head lettuce and watermelons, which combined to account for 36 percent of the total production.

Tomatoes, head lettuce and onions claim the highest values in the United States, accounting for 29 percent of the total value combined.

In 2014, U.S. production of leading non-citrus fruit crops totaled 18.9 million tons, down 3 percent from 2013.

Production decreased from 2013 for Oregon cultivated blackberries, grapes, tart cherries, cranberries, California figs, California kiwifruit, California olives, peaches, pears, and strawberries.

Production increased from 2013 for apples, apricots, cultivated blueberries, Maine wild blueberries, boysenberries, sweet cherries, California dates, nectarines, California plums, California prunes and prunes and plums.

The value of production for 2014 non-citrus fruit crops totaled $16.2 billion, up 1 percent from 2013.

For a full copy of the Vegetables 2014 Summary, or the Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts 2014 Preliminary Summary, visit www.nass.usda.gov.

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