Vegetables and Melons Outlook: December 2003
by Gary Lucier and Charles Plummer
Outlook No. (VGS-300) 25 pp, December 2003
Total potato production for the 2003 crop year is forecast at 457 million cwt—down less than 1 percent from 2002. Despite the slight drop in production, however, U.S. grower prices for all potatoes have averaged 19 percent below a year ago and 14 percent below 2
years ago for the September - November period. These lower early-season grower prices, combined with lower retail prices for potatoes and frozen french fries, may be a reflection of weaker demand for potatoes and potato products.
Keywords: vegetables, melons, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, dry beans, onions, mushrooms, fresh, processing, green peas, sweet corn, prices, production, shipments, trade, outlook
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