Michigan's tart cherry production up 17% year-over-year to 157.5 million lbs. valued at US$47.2M in 2011, USDA says; blueberry production up 17% to 72 million lbs valued at US$4.8M; grape output reaches 94,000 tons

LANSING, Michigan , March 16, 2012 (press release) – Michigan tart cherry production was 157.5 million pounds, up 17 percent from  the 135 million pounds produced in 2010, according to the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office. The average yield was 5,940 pounds per acre. The preliminary farm level value was $47.2 million. Sweet cherry production was 18,600 tons, up from 15,100 tons produced in 2010. The average yield was 2.86 tons per acre. The preliminary farm level value was $18.0 million.

Cultivated blueberry production in Michigan was 72 million pounds, approximately 17 percent of the U.S. total. Growers harvested 18,700 acres in 2011. The farm level value was $118.7 million. Strawberry production in Michigan was 3.3 million pounds on 750 harvested acres. The farm level value was $4.8 million.

Michigan peach production was 35.2 million pounds, up from 28.0 million pounds in 2010. Bearing acres were 3,900, and the farm level value was $12.9 million. Pear production in Michigan was 4,400 tons on 700 acres. The farm level value was $1.2 million. Michigan plum production was 1,400 tons on 400 acres. The farm level value was $0.9 million.

Michigan grape production was 94,000 tons. The farm level value was $33.6 million. There were 55,100 tons of Concords and 31,000 tons of Niagara grapes processed.

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