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Michigan Vegetable Summary 2014

Michigan produced 8.15 million hundredweight (cwt) of fresh market vegetables in 2014, according to USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region; a 2 percent increase from 2013. This included the dual purpose crops of asparagus, celery, bell peppers, pumpkins, and squash. The value of fresh market ve getables, at the farm level, was $174 million, down 7 percent from the revised 2013 total. Despite the decrease in production, Michigan maintained its ranking as the eighth largest state in the va lue of fresh market vegetables for 2014.

Fresh market veget able and melon production in the U.S. for the 24 selected crops estimated in 2014 totaled 413 million hundredweight, down 1 percent from last year. Harvested area covered 1.58 million acres, down 3 percent from 2013. Value of the 2014 crop is estimated at 10.9 billion dollars, down 5 percent from a year ago. The three largest crops, in terms of production, were onions, head lettuce, and watermelons, which combined to account for 36 percent of the total production. Tomatoes, head lettuce, and onions claim th e highest values, accounting for 29 percent of the total value when combined.

U.S. processing production for eight selected vegetables estimated in 2014 totaled 19.2 million tons, up 12 percent from last year. Area harvested is estimated at 1.09 million a cres, up 3 percent from a year ago. Processing crop value is estimated at 2.20 billion dollars, 4 percent above 2013. The three largest crops, in terms of production, are tomatoes, sweet corn, and snap be ans, which combine to account for 93 percent of the total. The top three crops in terms of value are tomatoes, sweet corn, and cucumbers. These three processing vegetables account for 81 percent of the total value when combined