Ag stats – 2018 Mountain Region vegetable harvest and production summary

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Published Friday, March 22, 2019

ARIZONA 

Arizona harvested 75,300 acres of lettuce in 2018, down less than 1 percent from the 75,800 acres harvested in 2017, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Of that, 38,600 acres was head lettuce, 9,800 acres were leaf lettuce, and 26,900 acres were Romaine lettuce. The state produced 23,195 hundredweight (cwt) of lettuce in 2018, with a value of utilized onion production of $891.5 million in 2018, down from $1.218 billion in 2017. 

COLORADO 

Colorado harvested 2,600 acres of onions in 2018, down 28 percent from 3,600 acres harvested in 2017, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The state produced 1.17 million hundredweight (cwt) of onions in 2018, a decrease of 29 percent from the 1.66 million cwt produced in 2017. The value of utilized onion production decreased to $27.26 million in 2018, from $39.41 million in 2017. 

NEW MEXICO 

New Mexico harvested 7,900 acres of chile peppers in 2018, up 4 percent from 7,600 acres harvested in 2017, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The state produced 1.42 million hundredweight (cwt) of chile peppers in 2018, an increase of 13 percent from the 1.25 million cwt produced in 2017. The value of utilized onion production increased to $53.77 million in 2018, from $44.55 million in 2017.

Vegetables for Fresh Market and Processing: Arizona, Colorado & New Mexico, 2017 - 2018

 

Harvested Acres

Utilized Production (1,000 cwt)

Arizona

2017

2018

2017

2018

Broccoli 

9,600 

10,900 

1,344 

1,308 

Cabbage 

3,300 

3,300 

1,667 

1,650 

Cantaloupes 

15,700 

16,300 

3,533 

3,749 

Cauliflower 

5,700 

6,100 

1,055 

1,159 

Lettuce, Head 

39,200 

38,600 

12,348 

11,966 

Lettuce, Leaf 

9,400 

9,800 

2,115 

2,352 

Lettuce, Romaine 

27,200 

26,900 

9,248 

8,877 

Peppers, Chile 

1,200 

1,100 

78 

66 

Spinach 

12,200 

11,100 

1,830 

1,887 

Watermelons 

3,500 

(D) 

1,803 

(D) 

Colorado

2017

2018

2017

2018

Onions 

3,600 

2,600 

1,656 

1,170 

New Mexico

2017

2018

2017

2018

Onions 

7,100 

6,500 

4,828 

3,575 

Peppers, Chile 

7,600 

7,900 

1,254 

1,422 

 (D) Withheld to avoid disclosing data for individual operations. 

UNITED STATES 

In 2018, the Nation's production for the 26 estimated vegetable and melon crops totaled 753 million cwt, 1 percent below the final 754 million cwt estimated in 2017. The utilized production totaled 747 million cwt, 1 percent below 2017. Area harvested in 2018 was 2.50 million acres, a 3 percent reduction from the previous year. In 2018, the top three vegetables, in terms of area harvested, were sweet corn, tomatoes, and snap beans. In terms of total production, the three largest crops were tomatoes, sweet corn, and onions, which combined accounted for 56 percent of the all vegetables total. 

The value of utilized production for 2018 vegetable crops was $12.9 billion, down 12 percent from the previous year. Tomatoes, head lettuce, and romaine lettuce claimed the highest values, accounting for 31 percent of the total value of production when combined. For the 26 selected vegetables and melons estimated in 2018, California continued to be the leading State in terms of area harvested, utilized production, and value of production.

Vegetables for Fresh Market and Processing: United States, 2017 - 2018

 

Harvested Acres

Utilized Production (1,000 cwt)

United States

2017

2018

2017

2018

Broccoli 

128,600 

113,900 

20,384 

17,273 

Cabbage 

60,600 

54,200 

23,795 

19,316 

Cantaloupes 

63,250 

60,700 

15,392 

14,603 

Cauliflower 

45,800 

43,900 

9,050 

9,278 

Lettuce, Head 

140,700 

120,300 

49,396 

40,561 

Lettuce, Leaf 

67,200 

69,300 

13,675 

11,277 

Lettuce, Romaine 

117,400 

99,600 

36,308 

29,029 

Onions 

151,500 

130,200 

80,561 

70,886 

Peppers, Chile 

16,000 

14,200 

3,336 

2,665 

Spinach 

64,730 

61,450 

8,091 

8,481 

Watermelons 

107,800 

111,400 

40,286 

38,849 

 

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