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Arkansas apple acreage has declined but acreage for the state’s grapes and pecans has risen in the past five years.

The Census of Agriculture reveals that non-citrus fruit bearing acreage totaled 1,542 acres in 2017, up 8% from 1,429 acres in 2012 but off 33% from 2007.

Bearing and non-bearing acres of apples totaled 283 acres in 2017, off 4% from 296 in 2012 and sharply down from 1,048 acres in 1997. 

Bearing and non-bearing acreage of grapes totaled 956 acres in 2017, up 4% from 2012 and 28% higher than 2007.

For peaches, the 2017 Census of Agriculture reported 669 acres in 2017, down 1% from 2012 and off a whopping 75% from 2,816 acres in 1997.

Cultivation of pecans is expanding in Arkansas, according to the Census of Agriculture. For 2017, bearing and non-bearing acreage of pecans reached 15,736 acres, up 36% from 11,591 acres in 2012 and 71% higher than 9,185 acres in 1997.

Blackberry acreage in Arkansas was reported at 501 acres in 2017, up 4% from 480 acres in 2012. Blueberry acreage in 2017 totaled 356 acres in 2017; no comparisons were available for previous years. 

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