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U.S. Production Statistics for Onions and Garlic (1994 - 1996)

In the United States, California produces the largest bulb onion crop, much of which is reserved for dehydrated products. The total U.S. onion crop was harvested from 160,610 acres in 1996 with a total yield of 61,568,000 cwt (average yield = 383 cwt/acre), and a total value of $589,938,000. In 1996, total U.S. onion production was down about 4% from 1995.

The following data shows production (cwt), harvested acres, yield (cwt/acre) and total value ($) of the fresh market onion crop for the major onion producing states for the period 1994 to 1996. Note that statistics for California include both fresh and processed (dehydrated) onions.

U.S. Fresh Market Onion Production (1994 - 1996)

U.S. Fresh Market Onion Harvested Acres (1994 - 1996)

U.S. Fresh Market Onion Yield (1994 - 1996)

U.S. Fresh Market Onion Value (1994 - 1996)

Almost the entire U.S. garlic crop is produced in California. In 1996 garlic was harvested from 31,000 acres with a total yield of 5,425,000 cwt (average yield = 175 cwt/acre) and a total value of $145,592,000. In 1996, production of garlic in California was up about 17% from 1995.

(the above statistics are derived from the USDA Economic and Statistics System)

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