Report: 2015 peach, apple, grape production in Virginia

virginiaThe Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that peach production in Virginia in 2015 was 5,120 tons (10.2 million pounds), down 180 tons (360,000 pounds) from 2014.

Utilized production totaled 5,100 tons (10.2 million pounds), an increase of 80 tons (160,000 pounds) from 2014. Value of utilized production totaled $6.83 million, an increase of 16 percent from 2014. The average price received per ton was estimated at $1,340. This was an increase of $170.00 per ton from 2014. Bearing acres were estimated at 1,200 acres, unchanged from 2014, with an average yield of 4.27 tons (8,540 pounds) per acre, down 0.15 tons (300 pounds) from 2014. Based on utilized production, Virginia ranks 14th in the nation for peach production.

These figures were compiled by the Virginia Field Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The NASS Agricultural Yield survey conducted at the beginning of the month queried about 125 farms in Virginia.

Total apple production for 2015 was estimated at 195.2 million pounds (4.6 million, 42 lb. bushels), down five percent from 2014. Utilized production totaled 195.0 million pounds, down 10 million pounds from 2014. Apples for fresh market totaled 65 million pounds, down 13 percent from 2014. Apples for processing accounted for 130 million pounds of the 2015 crop, unchanged from 2014.

The average price received for 2015 apples was 17.7 cents per pound, up 0.4 cents from the 2014 price. Total value of utilized production was $34.5 million for the crop, down $935,000 from the 2014 value of $35.4 million. Fresh market apples brought 23.6 cents per pound in 2015, down 4.3 cents from 2014. Processed apples sold for $294 per ton, up $71.00 per ton from 2014.The number of bearing acres of apples totaled 10,200 acres in 2015, down 200 acres from 2014. The yield per acre was 19,100 pounds, 600 pounds less than in 2014. Based on utilized production, Virginia ranks 5th in the nation for apple production.

Total grape production for 2015 was estimated at 9,200 tons (18.4 million pounds), up 400 tons (800,000 pounds) from 2014. Utilized production also totaled 9,200 tons (18.4 million pounds), up 1,000 tons (2.0 million pounds) from 2014. Bearing acres were estimated at 3,300, unchanged from 2014, with an average yield of 2.79 tons (5,580 pounds) per acre, up 0.12 tons (240 pounds) from 2014. The average price received per ton was estimated at $1,950. This was an increase of $100 per ton from 2014. Based on utilized production, Virginia ranks 7th in the nation for grape production. Value of utilized production totaled $17.9 million, up 18 percent from 2014.

         
 

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