HORT410 - Vegetable Crops
U.S. Spinach and Beet Production Statistics (1993 - 1997)
Within the U.S., California is the leading state for growing fresh market spinach commercially. The total U.S. fresh market spinach crop was harvested from 15,100 acres in 1997, with a total yield of 1,903,000 cwt (average yield = 126 cwt/acre), and a
total value of $58,682,000. In 1997, production of fresh market spinach was up about 15% from 1996.
The following data shows production (cwt), harvested acres, yield (cwt/acre) and total value ($) of the fresh market spinach crop for the major fresh market spinach producing states for the period 1993 to 1997.
Texas is the major producer of processing spinach, with 42% of the total U.S. production in 1996. Other processing spinach producing states include AR, CA, OK, TN and WI. The total U.S. processing spinach crop was harvested from 19,440 acres in 1997,
with a total yield of 146,940 tons (average yield = 7.56 tons/acre), and a total value of $15,729,000. In 1997, production of processing spinach was down about 11% from 1996. About 59% of the processing spinach was used for freezing in 1997, and the
remainder for canning.
Canning beet production in the U.S. in 1997 was greatest in Wisconsin (3,300 acres harvested; 50,060 tons; 15.17 tons/acre; $3,594,000) and New York (2,700 acres; 40,500 tons; 15.00 tons/acre;$2,620,000). Total U.S. acreage of beets harvested in 1997 was
7,460 acres, with a total yield of 122,180 tons (average yield = 16.38 tons/acre), and a total value of $8,136,000. In 1997, canning beet production was down about 3% from 1996.
(the above statistics are derived from the USDA Economic and Statistics System)