The prospective area for harvest of 11 selected fresh market vegetables during the summer quarter is estimated to be 305,400 acres, up less than 1 percent from last year. Acreage increases in celery, broccoli, sweet corn, bell peppers, tomatoes, snap beans, and carrots more than offset acreage decreases in head lettuce, cauliflower, cucumbers, and cabbage.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says area estimated for melon harvest is 110,100 acres, down 2 percent from last year. Cantaloupe area is estimated at 41,200 acres, 5 percent below 2004. Honeydew area, at 14,800 acres, is up 7 percent from last year. Watermelon area, at 54,100 acres, is 3 percent below a year ago.
Broccoli: California's acreage for summer harvest is estimated at 36,600 acres, up 3 percent from last year. Broccoli planting schedules began to recover from the frequent spring rains, which tapered off in May. Cool weather in early May slowed development, but warmer temperatures in June stimulated growth. No major pest or disease problems have been reported.
Cantaloupe: Summer cantaloupe acreage for harvest nationally is estimated at 41,200 acres, down 5 percent from 2004. California's summer melon crop will be harvested from July through September. Cool temperatures slowed maturity, but excellent quality has been reported.
Carrots: U.S. acreage for fresh market harvest is estimated at 19,000 acres, up 1 percent from last year. California's crop is progressing well as a result of favorable growing conditions. Baby carrots are still in high demand and there is a growing demand for value added snack pack products.
Cauliflower: California's acreage for summer harvest is estimated at 8,500 acres, down 6 percent from 2004. Cool weather in early May slowed development, but warmer temperatures in June stimulated growth.