About 17 million tons of noncitrus fruit crops were produced in the U.S. in 2010, 6% less than in 2009, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
U.S. production of blueberries, kiwifruit, nectarines, strawberries, plums, peaches, bananas and other fruits increased in 2010, according to the Jan. 21 Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts 2010 Preliminary Summary from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Production of apples, apricots, cherries, raspberries, pears, grapes, cranberries and other fruits declined last year.
The report also included data on the value of U.S. fruit crops in 2010.
Noncitrus crops were valued at $11.9 billion in 2010, down 1% from 2009.