Vegetables and Pulses Outlook No. (VGS-292) 23 pp

August 2002

Vegetables and Melons Outlook: August 2002

The first estimate for the 2002 dry edible bean crop indicates a 39-percent increase from a year ago. Harvested area and per-acre yields are both expected to increase. U.S. dry edible bean growers reacted to depleted stocks and the highest prices in a decade by increasing area for harvest to 1.69 million acres-up 36 percent from a year earlier but 2 percent below the average of the previous 10 years. Harvested area was expected to be up in four of the top five States, with drought reducing area in Colorado 19 percent. During the first 11 months of 2001/02, grower prices for dry beans averaged 52 percent above a year ago. However, prices for many bean classes have begun to weaken in anticipation of increased production this season.

Keywords: vegetables, melons, potatoes, pulses, mushrooms, production, prices, trade, per capita use, acres

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