Five years ago, numbers two through four — Florida, Arizona and Georgia — were in the same order as last year, in production and value.
There was a change, however, at No. 5 (the report only tracks the top five producing states). In 2007, it was New York. Last year, it was Washington.
Go back another five years, and it’s the same pattern: Numbers two through four are the same, but No. 5 is the wild card — in the case of 2002, Texas, with 4.5% percent of total production and 3.4% of total value.
A decade earlier is when you start to see more change at the top. in 1992, Texas, not Georgia, held the No. 4 spot, though Georgia was close behind at No. 5.
Another interesting pair of numbers from that year: Florida accounted for 14.3% of production and 22.4% of total value, almost half of California’s.
Maybe some of you can remember friends and relatives complaining about green bean, corn and tomato prices that year. They actually would have had a point.
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