Fresh spring onion production is down slightly, and fresh asparagus production down considerably, from a year ago.

But the values of the two crops were closer to their 2008 levels.

The end-of-season spring onion production estimate stands at 9.4 million cwt., 2% less than in 2008, according to the Sept. 4 Vegetables report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

About 601,000 cwt. of fresh asparagus is expected, down 16% from a year ago, according to the report.

At $210 million, the value of the spring onion crops is 1% below the 2008 total. About 27,000 acres of spring onions were harvested this year, 5% less than a year ago.

But the average yield per acre, at 349 cwt., was up 11 cwt. per acre from a year ago, according to the report.

The value of the 2008 asparagus crop, fresh and processing, is expected to be $86 million, down 4% from 2008.

About 30,700 acres of asparagus were expected to be harvested in the U.S. in 2009,down 5% from last year.