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New Report Provides Snapshot of 2007 Michigan Fruit Production

Tart and sweet cherry production up slightly.

February 14, 2008

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The Michigan Field Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its report of the state's fruit production in 2007. Highlights include:

  • Michigan apple production was 760 million pounds, down from 870 million pounds in 2006. Michigan ranked third in U.S. apple production behind Washington and New York, which produced 5.4 billion pounds and 1.27 billion pounds, respectively. The preliminary farm-level value of Michigan's utilized apple crop was $129.5 million.

  • Tart cherry production was 193 million pounds, up fractionally from the 190 million pounds produced in 2006. The average yield was 7,510 pounds per acre. The preliminary farm-level value was $49.5 million.

  • Sweet cherry production was 27,300 tons, up from 20,000 tons produced in 2006. The average yield was 3.79 tons per acre. The preliminary farm-level value was $17.7 million.

  • Cultivated blueberry production in Michigan was 93 million pounds, about 33% of the U.S. total. Growers harvested 18,500 acres in 2007. The farm-level value was $165.5 million.

  • Strawberry production was 4 million pounds on 800 harvested acres. The farm-level value was $4.7 million. Michigan peach production was 41 million pounds, up from 37.8 million pounds in 2006.

  • Total bearing acres were 4,200, and the farm-level value was $16.3 million.

  • Pear production was 4,000 tons on 750 acres. The farm-level value was $1.62 million.

  • Michigan plum production was 3,100 tons on 650 acres. The farm-level value was $879,000.

  • Grape production was 100,000 tons. The farm-level value was $26.8 million.

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