USDA NASS Crop Estimate Predicts Decline in Winegrape Tonnage
Via CAWG eNews
As of Oct. 1, the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) is forecasting California's 2011 winegrape harvest will come in at 3.3 million tons, a 9 percent decline from last year.
Overall, California grape production is expected to decline by 2 percent in 2011, including table, raisin and winegrapes. USDA-NASS estimates a 4 percent decline in total U.S. grape tonnage for the 2011 crop year. Total production for the current year is forecasted to be 7.09 million tons.
In Washington state, the winegrape harvest is expected to be 135,000 tons or 15.6 percent smaller than in 2010.
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