The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published its annual review of crop prices.


The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its Agricultural Prices 2008 Summary Aug. 5.


The 237-page report compares 2008 f.o.b. and other prices with end-of-year figures from the previous five years, and includes data for dozens of fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts.


Asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, sweet corn, honeydew melons, summer onions, strawberries, tomatoes, cantaloupes, watermelons, bell peppers, leaf lettuce, spinach and garlic were among the commodities whose f.o.b. prices rose from 2007 to 2008, according to the report.


Among those experiencing the biggest price jumps were cauliflower  ($34.40 to $40.30 per cwt.), tomatoes ($34.80 to $45.40), cantaloupes ($14.80 to $19.20) and bell peppers ($33.10 to $40.40).


Prices dropped from 2007 to 2008 for broccoli, celery, head lettuce, snap beans, cabbage, cucumbers, romaine and artichokes.