Mexico supplied 65 percent of fresh cucumber commercial shipments to the U.S. market in 2012. Imports are typically strongest early in the year when U.S. production is limited by cool weather and weakest in summer months during the height of the domestic season. Cucumbers grown under cover in greenhouse (including shadehouse) enclosures represent a growing source for the U.S. market from both U.S. growers and importers. In 2012, cucumbers grown under cover accounted for 20 percent of all shipments: 18 percent were imported and 2 percent were produced domestically. This chart is based on information provided in Cucumbers: Background Statistics in the ERS Newsroom, released on April 29, 2013.
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