Vegetables and Pulses Outlook No. (VGS-300) 25 pp

December 2003

Vegetables and Melons Outlook: 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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