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State Veggie Production Was Big Business in 2013
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/01/2014

Wisconsin was once again the number-two state in the nation for the total production and value of vegetables last year and third place for harvested acreage for the major processing vegetables in 2013. That's according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service Vegetables report.

The agency says California remained the top state in all three categories and accounted for 71 percent of the total production of these crops. Wisconsin maintained its top ranking in production of processing snap beans. The state processed 45 percent of the nation's crop, with 298,570 tons in 2013. But harvested acres were down from 70,700 acres in 2012 to 59,800 acres in 2013.

Wisconsin remained in third place for processing sweet corn in 2013, producing 583,960 tons. Harvested acres decreased by 6,700 to 66,500 acres. Green pea production in the Badger State totaled 75,550 tons, up 14 percent from the previous year. Despite the increase in production, Wisconsin remained the third largest green pea processing state in the nation.

State cucumbers for pickle production jumped 27 percent in 2013. Harvested acreage rose by 600, and yields were up 14 percent.

Wisconsin moved from first into second place in the nation for carrots for processing production. This was due to a 35 percent increase in harvested acres in Washington, the state with the largest processing carrot production in 2013. Wisconsin had 100 fewer acres harvested, but yields were up one percent for total production of 116,850 tons, 33 percent of the nation's production.

Production for onions and fresh market cabbage rose in Wisconsin in 2013, while fresh market sweet corn production fell slightly. Sweet corn for fresh market harvested acreage decreased to 5,600 acres, while yields rose nine percent to 101 hundredweight per acre. As a result, production was down less than one percent. Fresh market cabbage production rose 16 percent, while harvested acreage increased by 100 to 3,100 acres. Cabbage yields rose from 250 cwt. per acre in 2012 to 280 cwt. in 2013. Onion production jumped 45 percent, from 558,000 cwt. in 2012 to 810,000 cwt. in 2013. Harvested acreage was unchanged, but yields rose 45 percent.

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