The total acreage for 11 top fresh-market vegetables is expected to fall in 2011, but spring onion and strawberry production is projected to climb.
About 155,200 acres of lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, sweet corn, beans and other vegetables are expected to be planted this year, down 1% from 2010, according to the Jan. 11 Vegetables report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Acreage drops for beans, broccoli, sweet corn and peppers are expected to more than offset expected increases in head lettuce, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower and celery, according to the report.
Tomato and spinach acreage are expected to be similar to last year.
Spring onion acreage in 2011 is expected to increase 14% and strawberries 1%.