Driven by record-high yields and slightly higher acreage, fall potato production is expected to total 408 million hundredweight in 2007—up 2 percent from a year earlier, according to a December report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Much of the yield gain was centered in Washington and Oregon, with lower yields reported in other major states, including Idaho, North Dakota and Colorado.

Lower fresh-market tomato acreage in both the United States and Mexico, combined

with yield-reducing cool, wet weather, has pushed prices higher this fall. Fresh tomato

grower/shipping point prices averaged 50 cents per pound in November—78 percent

more than a year earlier and the second highest nominal dollar price for that month.

Since 1989, Peru’s share of the U.S. fresh asparagus import market has risen from 5 percent to 58 percent in 2006. At the same time, Mexico’s import market share has declined from 79 percent in 1989 to 40 percent, even as their shipments to the United States have nearly quadrupled—courtesy of expanding U.S. demand for fresh asparagus and a 37-percent decline in U.S. production. Imports, which now enter year round, will likely account for about 78 percent of U.S. fresh market asparagus consumption in 2007—up from 59 percent in 2000 and 24 percent in 1989.

The long-run outlook indicates that vegetable production may rise about one-tenth over the next decade, with fresh-market vegetable output rising fastest, followed by potatoes and vegetables

used for canned, frozen and dehydrated products.

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