Broccoli Acreage Up; Cauliflower, Celery Down

California's broccoli acreage for spring harvest is forecast at 35,000 acres, up 1 percent from 2006, according to the USDA/NASS California field office.

Weather conditions have ideal this spring for broccoli production. Warm sunny days and mild nights promoted plant growth. California's cauliflower acreage for spring harvest is forecast at 9,000 acres, 5 percent below 2006. In early January, cold and dry weather negatively impacted quality, resulting in acreage loss as some farmers had to forego harvest. Spring weather has been ideal for growth with warm days and mild nights.

California’s celery acreage for spring harvest is forecast at 4,900 acres, down 6 percent from last year. Freezing temperatures in January reduced celery yields and production. Although plants survived the cold temperatures, the impact will be felt in the coming months, as seeder problems are anticipated through May.

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