Ag stats: 2020 mountain states vegetable harvest report

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Published Sunday, February 14, 2021

ARIZONA 

Arizona harvested 67,000 acres of lettuce in 2020, down 6 percent from the 71,000 acres harvested in 2019, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Of that, 33,500 acres was head lettuce, 9,800 acres were leaf lettuce, and 23,700 acres were Romaine lettuce. The state produced 20.54 million hundredweight (cwt) of lettuce in 2020, with a value of utilized lettuce production of $725.22 million in 2020, down from $1.12 billion in 2019. 

COLORADO 

Colorado harvested 3,300 acres of onions in 2020, up 22 percent from 2,700 acres harvested in 2019, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The state produced 1.45 million hundredweight (cwt) of onions in 2020, an increase of 27 percent from the 1.15 million cwt produced in 2019. The value of utilized onion production increased to $28.02 million in 2020, from $18.53 million in 2019. 

NEW MEXICO 

New Mexico harvested 8,500 acres of chile peppers in 2020, down 2 percent from 8,700 acres harvested in 2019, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The state produced 1.36 million hundredweight (cwt) of chile peppers in 2020, an increase of 8 percent from the 1.26 million cwt produced in 2019. The value of utilized chile pepper production increased to $51.89 million in 2020, from $50.01 million in 2019.

Vegetables for Fresh Market and Processing: Arizona, Colorado & New Mexico, 2019 - 2020

 

Harvested Acres

Utilized Production (1,000 cwt)

Arizona

2019

2020

2019

2020

Broccoli 

10,300 

10,800 

1,442.0 

1,512.0 

Cabbage 

(D) 

3,800 

(D) 

1,748.0 

Cantaloupes 

14,000 

13,000 

3,150.0 

3,055.0 

Cauliflower 

6,400 

6,000 

1,152.0 

1,170.0 

Lettuce, Head 

37,300 

33,500 

12,495.5 

10,552.5 

Lettuce, Leaf 

9,800 

9,800 

2,254.0 

2,401.0 

Lettuce, Romaine 

23,900 

23,700 

7,887.0 

7,584.0 

Spinach 

(D) 

10,300 

(D) 

1,699.5 

Watermelons 

5,000 

4,700 

2,525.0 

2,091.5 

Colorado 

2019 

2020 

2019 

2020 

Onions 

2,700 

3,300 

1,109.6 

1,452.0 

New Mexico 

2019 

2020 

2019 

2020 

Onions 

6,600 

6,200 

3,993.0 

4,154.0 

Peppers, Chile 

8,700 

8,500 

1,261.5 

1,360.0 

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

UNITED STATES 

In 2020, the Nation's production for the 26 estimated vegetable and melon crops totaled 720 million cwt, down slightly from 2019. The utilized production totaled 715 million cwt, up slightly from 2019. Area harvested in 2020 was 2.33 million acres, down 1 percent from 2019. 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, onions, and sweet corn, which combined accounted for 53 percent of the all vegetables total. 

The value of utilized production for 2020 vegetable crops was $13.1 billion, down 4 percent from the previous year. Tomatoes, Head lettuce, and Romaine lettuce claimed the highest values, accounting for 30 percent of the utilized value of production when combined. For the 26 selected vegetables and melons estimated in 2020, California remained the leading State in terms of area harvested, utilized production, and value of production.

Vegetables for Fresh Market and Processing: United States, 2019 - 2020

 

Harvested Acres

Utilized Production (1,000 cwt)

United States

2019

2020

2019

2020

Broccoli 

105,000 

100,300 

16,594.0 

15,760.4 

Cabbage 

60,400 

58,600 

22,151.6 

23,627.9 

Cantaloupes 

48,000 

40,600 

11,295.0 

11,345.5 

Cauliflower 

45,200 

42,200 

10,067.1 

8,851.8 

Lettuce, Head 

116,000 

112,900 

42,008.0 

40,664.2 

Lettuce, Leaf 

57,300 

61,700 

12,466.5 

15,635.5 

Lettuce, Romaine 

87,900 

91,500 

27,211.8 

30,297.0 

Onions 

129,400 

132,800 

68,645.5 

73,508.3 

Peppers, Chile 

15,200 

11,500 

2,917.3 

2,380.0 

Spinach 

65,400 

56,200 

9,466.0 

7,231.6 

Watermelons 

99,300 

96,700 

35,792.0 

34,199.0 

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