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Tart Cherry, Apple Production Also Fell Last Year
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/27/2015

Wisconsin tart cherry production totaled 12 million pounds in 2014, down from 12.3 million pounds in 2013. The USDA says the state's cherry growers harvested 1,900 acres, down from 2,000 acres last year.

Average yield per acre, at 6,320 pounds, was up from 6,150 pounds in 2013. The overall average price rose from 35.7 cents per pound in 2013 to 39.4 cents per pound in 2014.

The value of Wisconsin's tart cherry crop totaled $4.68 million in 2014. Processed cherries accounted for 95 percent of the state's crop.

Meanwhile, apple production for 2014 was estimated at 40.7 million pounds, down two percent from 2013. Amid mildly difficult spring weather and localized pockets of frost and hail damage during the growing season, yield per acre was estimated at 13,100 pounds per acre, down three percent from the 2013 yield.

Weighted average price received for all categories was up 13.2 cents per pound from 50.9 cents in 2013 to 64.1 cents in 2014. Total bearing acres were unchanged year-to-year, at 3,100 acres in 2014.

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