Growers are expected to plant 151,370 acres of 11 selected fall fresh-market vegetables, down 4 percent from last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agriculture Statistics Service.
Acreage declined from last year for snap beans, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, head lettuce and bell peppers whereas acreage increased for carrots, sweet corn, cucumbers, and tomatoes. The area harvested for broccoli remains unchanged.
Growers are expected to harvest 15,600 acres of fall melons, up 1 percent from last year. Cantaloupe harvested acreage is forecast at 12,100 acres, unchanged from 2007. Honeydew acreage is forecast at 3,500 acres, up 6 percent from last fall.
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