The prospective area for harvest of 11 selected fresh market vegetables during the spring quarter is forecast at 200,700 acres, down 3 percent from last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Acreage declines for snap beans, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, head lettuce, bell peppers, sweet corn, and tomatoes more than offset acreage increases for broccoli and cucumbers. 

Melon acreage for spring harvest is forecast at 73,900, down 2 percent from last year. Watermelon acreage is down 1 percent from 2006 while cantaloup acreage declined 4 percent from a year ago. Honeydew melon acreage increased 2 percent from 2006. Asparagus area for spring harvest is forecast at 42,000 acres, down 6 percent from last year. Strawberry area for harvest is forecast at 45,000 acres, virtually unchanged from a year ago.

Processors expect to contract 1.20 million acres of the five major processed vegetable crops in the United States this year, virtually unchanged from last year. 

Contracted acreage decreases are forecast for snap beans, sweet corn, and green peas, while cucumbers for pickles and tomatoes show increases. Freezing firms expect to contract 380,780 acres, down 1 percent from last year.

Acreage for snap beans and sweet corn is down 3 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Green pea acreage is up 5 percent from last year. Canneries contracted for 818,460 acres, up 1 percent

from 2006. 

Acreage increased for cucumbers for pickles and tomatoes, up 9 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Acreage declined for sweet corn and green peas, down 6 percent and 15 percent, respectively.  Snap beans are virtually unchanged from last year.


Total planted onion area for all seasons in 2007 is forecast at 166,800 acres, down 5 percent from last year. Spring onions are expected to be harvested from 31,600 acres in 2007, down 9 percent

from 2006. 

Georgia and Texas combined production is forecast at 6.17 million hundredweights, 16 percent below last year. Summer nonstorage onion planted area, at 20,900 acres, is unchanged from a year ago. Total summer onion area, at 132,800 acres, is down 1 percent from the previous year.

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