Fruit and tree nut growers received 18% more money for their crops in June 2011 than in June 2010, according to a new report.
The index of prices received by growers rose 18% year-to-year and 9% from May 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service’s Fruit and Tree Nuts Outlook.
Higher prices for fresh-market apples, grapes, peaches, pears and strawberries helped account for the increase. Year-to-year prices for lemons and oranges fell.
The report also included 2011 crop projections.
U.S. peach production is expected to be 2.25 billion pounds, 2% less than in 2010. About 650 million pounds of sweet cherries are expected to ship from U.S. growers, 4% more than in 2010. U.S. grape volumes are pegged at 6.7 million tons in 2011, down less than 1% from last year.