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SWEET CORN KING: Minnesota farmers raise one-third of the sweet corn produced in the U.S.

Minnesota leads nation in sweet corn, green pea production

Minnesota edged out the state of Washington in 2017 to reclaim its top state ranking for sweet corn production.

According to a recent USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Midwest Field Office report, Minnesota moved back into first place for processing sweet corn production in 2017, with 33% of the nation’s total.

U.S. sweet corn production totaled 79.3 million cwt. The top sweet corn-producing states following Minnesota are Washington, Wisconsin, California and Florida.

In 2017 in Minnesota, there were 112,600 total acres of sweet corn harvested, with a total production of 18.6 million cwt.

Fresh market production accounted for 668,800 cwt, with a total value of $22.4 million. Production of sweet corn for processing totaled 889,934 tons and was valued at $57.0 million.

Minnesota moved into first place in the nation for green pea production last year, too.

Green pea production in the state last year totaled 1.93 million cwt from 46,000 harvested acres. Fresh market production totaled 1,900 cwt and was valued at $139,000. Processing production accounted for 96,503 tons of production, and it had a total value of $24.5 million.

Pea production in the U.S. totaled 5.37 million cwt. Top green pea-producing states following Minnesota are Washington, Wisconsin, Oregon and New York.

Fifty-one-hundred acres of snap beans were harvested in Minnesota in 2017, for a total production of 535,500 cwt. Fresh market production totaled 7,500 cwt and was valued at $548,000. Processing production accounted for 26,132 tons of production and had a total value of $2.88 million. U.S. snap bean production totaled 18.0 million cwt.

Utilized production of pumpkins in 2017 totaled 50,600 cwt from 840 harvested acres. All pumpkins were for the fresh market, and they had a total value of $1.34 million.

Source: USDA NASS Midwest Field Office


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