Ohio fruit survey shows decrease in apple production

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Ohio’s apple growers produced an estimated 83.2 million pounds in 2010, a decrease of 32.3 million pounds from 2009. There were 6,300 bearing acres, a decrease of 500 acres from 2009.

The 2010 preliminary season average price is estimated at 37.4 cents per pound, up 2.2 cents from the 35.2 cents per pound reported in 2009. The value of utilized production is estimated at $26.8 million, down 30.6 percent from $38.7 million in 2009.

Peaches

Peach growers produced an estimated 6,240 tons in 2010, up from 2,560 tons in 2009, an increase in production of 144 percent. The 2010 bearing acres are down 100 acres from last year’s acreage of 1,300. The 2010 average yield per acre increased to 5.20 tons per acre from 1.97 tons per acre in 2009.

Preliminary season average price is estimated at 1,580 dollars per ton, a decrease of 60 dollars per ton. The 2010 value of utilized production increased to $9.45 million from $3.95 million in 2009, an increase of 139 percent.

Grapes

The 2010 Ohio grape production decreased from 5,740 tons in 2009 to 3,470 tons in 2010. Of the total production, 40 tons were utilized for the fresh market, and 3,010 tons were processed. The 2010 average yield of 1.83 tons per acre decreased from 3.02 tons in 2009.

The 2010 season average price is estimated at $711 per ton, a 27 percent decrease in price from the 2009 price per ton of $973. The total value of utilized production is estimated at $2.17 million, down from $5.04 million in 2009.

Strawberries

Ohio strawberry growers produced an estimated 35,000 cwt in 2010, an increase of 5,000 cwt from 2009. Harvested acres of strawberries are estimated at 730 acres in 2010, up from 710 acres in 2009. The 2010 average yield of 48 cwt per acre is an increase of 6 cwt per acre from 2009.

The season average price estimate is $272.00 per cwt, up from $191 in 2009. The value of utilized production is $9.52 million, up 66.1 percent from the 2009 value of $5.73 million.

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