Fruit and nut grower prices in 2012 have fluctuated around 2011 prices

A chart showing the index of prices received by growers for fruit and tree nuts.

The index of prices received by fruit and tree nut growers in September rose above year-ago levels after falling behind in July and August of this year. At 199 (1990-92=100), the index reported in September increased 18 percent from the September 2011 index. Despite a significant decline in fresh lemon prices, grower price increases for fresh grapefruit, oranges, apples, grapes, peaches, pears, and strawberries in September boosted this year's September index. Unfavorable weather this growing season reduced production of most these crops, driving up their prices. Consumer prices for fresh fruit, however, declined 1 percent relative to last year. This chart updates the version from the Fruit and Tree Nut Outlook, FTS-353, September 2012.

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