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USDA reports New York onion production fell 7 percent last year

By Journal Staff


New York farms produced an estimated 209 million pounds of onions in 2020, down 7 percent from the 2019 estimate. That’s according to a USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) 2020 vegetable production summary report issued on Feb. 12.

NASS reported that the average yield per acre was 29,000 pounds last year, down more than 9 percent from the 2019 average yield of 32,000 pounds an acre.

New York farmers harvested 7,200 acres of onions in 2020, up 3 percent from a year earlier, according to NASS. The value of production totaled $42.6 million last year, up 18 percent from 2019.

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