Strawberry Crop Down 11 Percent In 2012

Strawberry production in New York decreased 11 percent from 2011 to 3.20 million pounds, according to King Whetstone, U.S. Agriculture Department National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office director.

The value of utilized production is estimated at $6.88 million, a 19 percent decrease from the $8.46 million in 2011. New York ranks eighth in strawberry production. Nationally, the strawberry crop for 2012 was placed at 3.01 billion pounds, an increase of 4 percent from 2011.

Production of blueberries for New York was at 2.00 million pounds, an increase of 5 percent from 2011. The 2012 crop is valued at $3.89 million, a 2 percent decrease from the $3.96 million last year. The U.S. estimate for blueberries is 473 million pounds, a 7 percent increase from 2011.

New York’s berry crop had a combined total value of $10.8 million. This value decreased 13 percent from the $12.4 million in 2011.