Southern Region vegetable production report

February 15, 2021

ATHENS, Ga. — In 2020, the Nation’s production for the 26 estimated vegetable and melon crops totaled 720 million cwt, down slightly from 2019. The utilized production totaled 715 million cwt, up slightly from 2019. Area harvested in 2020 was 2.33 million acres, down 1 percent from 2019. The top three vegetables, in terms of area harvested, were sweet corn, tomatoes, and snap beans. In terms of total production, the three largest crops were tomatoes, onions, and sweet corn, which combined accounted for 53 percent of all vegetables total. The value of utilized production for 2020 vegetable crops was $13.1 billion, down 4 percent from the previous year. Tomatoes, Head lettuce, and Romaine lettuce claimed the highest values, accounting for 30 percent of the utilized value of production when combined.

Florida and Georgia ranked second and fourth, respectively, in value of utilized production nationally and accounted for 13.4 percent of the total value of utilized production. Value of utilized production in Florida totaled $1.17 billion, down 4 percent from last year. Tomatoes were the leading crop in Florida with a value of $463 million. Value of utilized production in Georgia totaled $583 million, up 13 percent from last year. Sweet corn, with a value of $138 million, was the leading crop in Georgia.

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